Pakatan un­veils al­ter­na­tive bud­get

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KUALA LUMPUR: Pakatan Hara­pan yes­ter­day un­veiled its ver­sion of Bud­get 2017, which projects to spend a sum of RM238.23 bil­lion, with RM189 bil­lion go­ing to op­er­at­ing ex­pen­di­ture and RM49 bil­lion to de­vel­op­ment.

The bud­get seeks to re­duce the Prime Min­is­ter’s Depart­ment bud­get by RM10 bil­lion, elim­i­nate cor­rup­tion and spend more on de­vel­op­ment.

Op­po­si­tion leader Datuk Seri Dr Wan Az­izah Wan Is­mail said the al­ter­na­tive bud­get would pro­vide so­lu­tions to is­sues bur­den­ing the rakyat such as un­em­ploy­ment and the rising cost of liv­ing.

It would see 60% of its de­vel­op­ment ex­pen­di­ture go­ing to the poor­est states of Sabah, Ke­lan­tan, Sarawak, Kedah and Tereng­ganu and would seek to in­crease the na­tional min­i­mum wage to RM1,500 na­tion­wide. – by Haikal Jalil

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