For Bud­get 2017

> Pub­lic wants is­sues such as em­ploy­ment, cost of liv­ing, GST to be tack­led

The Sun (Malaysia) - - NEWS WITHOUT BORDERS - BY G. SURACH

PETALING JAYA: The pub­lic have asked Prime Min­is­ter Datuk Seri Na­jib Ab­dul Razak to tackle is­sues in­volv­ing em­ploy­ment, taxes, cul­ture and en­vi­ron­ment when ad­dress­ing Par­lia­ment dur­ing the tabling of Bud­get 2017 next month.

This fol­lows the thou­sands of Malaysians who sub­mit­ted var­i­ous ideas on https:// ba­jet2017.na­ji­brazak.com since Sept 5 un­til yes­ter­day.

The most pop­u­lar sug­ges­tion was the call for con­tract staff in the civil ser­vice to be ab­sorbed and given per­ma­nent em­ploy­ment.

Nieyla Na­dia sug­gested that con­tract staff be ab­sorbed into the civil ser­vice after serv­ing a min­i­mum pe­riod of five years.

“To deal with the ris­ing cost of liv­ing, at least a one-month bonus would be very use­ful,” posted Scha­rina Shar­ifin.

On mat­ters re­gard­ing taxes, Sim Teong Lee sug­gested the govern­ment to look into re­duc­ing the Goods and Ser­vices Tax (GST) from the present 6% to 3% if fea­si­ble, in or­der to min­imise the im­pact on law-abid­ing busi­ness­men and end-users.

“At the same time, the cur­rent thresh­old of RM500,000 can also be re­duced to RM250,000, so that there will be no more ex­cuses for nonGST reg­is­tra­tion, as busi­nesses with an­nual turnover of RM250,000 will be con­sid­ered as small scale,” he posted.

On is­sues in­volv­ing cul­ture, Alex Ong sug­gested that the Fi­nance Min­istry sup­port per­form­ing arts ed­u­ca­tion and pro­mo­tion.

On the en­vi­ron­ment, Lily Teo mooted that im­port taxes for green, hy­brid and elec­tric cars be re­duced to en­cour­age more peo­ple to buy such ve­hi­cles to re­duce car­bon foot­prints and pre­serve the en­vi­ron­ment.

Na­jib is ex­pected to ta­ble Bud­get 2017 on Oct 21.

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