Free health­care RM3.45 bil­lion to ben­e­fit one mil­lion bud­get for Selangor

> More than half al­lo­cated for de­vel­op­ment, Azmin an­nounces

The Sun (Malaysia) - - NEWS WITHOUT BORDERS - BY LEE CHOON FAI

SHAH ALAM: The Selangor gov­ern­ment has tabled a bud­get of RM3.45 bil­lion, with more than half of it al­lo­cated to de­vel­op­ment.

Selangor Men­tri Be­sar Datuk Seri Mo­hamed Azmin Ali ( pix) said 52.2%, or RM1.8 bil­lion, of the state’s Bud­get 2017 is al­lo­cated for de­vel­op­ment while 47.8%, or RM1.65 bil­lion, is for ad­min­is­tra­tion pur­poses.

“This is Selangor’s big­gest ever de­vel­op­ment bud­get, and the state once again takes the lead by pre­sent­ing a de­vel­op­ment bud­get which is big­ger than the ad­min­is­tra­tive bud­get.

“This is a 25%, or RM360 mil­lion, in­crease from last year’s de­vel­op­ment bud­get, which re­flects the state gov­ern­ment’s com­mit­ment to eco­nomic growth in the state.

“In con­trast, the fed­eral bud­get tabled by the prime min­is­ter, al­lo­cated only 18% for de­vel­op­ment,” Azmin said yes­ter­day.

Of the RM1.8 bil­lion, Azmin said 60.7%, or RM1.09 bil­lion, will be for in­fra­struc­ture projects, in­clud­ing for new con­struc­tion, drainage and ir­ri­ga­tion main­te­nance and wa­ter sup­ply de­vel­op­ment.

He added RM250.25 mil­lion will be al­lo­cated to low-cost strata hous­ing, trans­port, in­dus­try and in­vest­ment, ur­ban, town and rural plan­ning, and ve­teri­nary ser­vices.

An­other RM247.15 mil­lion will be for com­mu­nity ser­vice, sports, en­trepreneur­ship, youth de­vel­op­ment, and women and fam­ily de­vel­op­ment.

The state also al­lo­cated RM209.26 mil­lion for basic health­care, dengue and zika preven­tion pro­grammes, rural eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment, and basic rural de­vel­op­ments be­sides RM183.2 mil­lion to fund its free wa­ter pro­gramme.

“How­ever, the state gov­ern­ment rec­om­mends that free wa­ter be used in a pru­dent man­ner. Wa­ter is a valu­able re­source and its us­age re­quires the prac­tice of con­ser­va­tion,” Azmin said.

He pro­jected an eco­nomic growth of be­tween 5% and 5.5% as com­pared to the 4% and 4.5% of the fed­eral econ­omy.

Azmin at­trib­uted the growth to strong fun­da­men­tals of the state econ­omy through strong and sus­tained do­mes­tic de­mands, low un­em­ploy­ment, a di­verse source of in­come, and strong pri­vate sec­tor spend­ing.

The Malaysia In­vest­ment De­vel­op­ment Au­thor­ity sta­tis­tics have shown Selangor net­ting RM3.04 bil­lion in in­vest­ments in­volv­ing 130 ap­proved projects in 2016. THE state will in­tro­duce a health­care sub­sidy scheme un­der its Bud­get 2017 to ben­e­fit about a mil­lion res­i­dents in the bot­tom 40% in­come group (B40).

Mo­hamed Azmin said the scheme, called “Skim Peduli Si­hat”, or med­i­cal and health­care cover­age, ap­plies to about 250,000 house­holds in the state earn­ing be­low RM3,000 a month, and will cost about RM125 mil­lion an­nu­ally to ad­dress the ris­ing cost of liv­ing faced by this group.

“The scheme will be man­aged by Sel­gate Cor­po­ra­tion as a third­party health­care ad­min­is­tra­tor and will fund pri­mary care treat­ment for each qual­i­fy­ing fam­ily up to RM500 per year,” Azmin said yes­ter­day.

The scheme’s ben­e­fi­cia­ries will be able to re­ceive treat­ment in 1,000 clinics reg­is­tered in Selangor and the Klang Val­ley.

Those reg­is­tered will re­ceive a med­i­cal card.

The scheme is also ex­tended to the ben­e­fi­ciary’s spouse and chil­dren aged be­low 21.

Reg­is­tra­tion can be done at any state assem­bly­man’s of­fice, lo­cal gov­ern­ment and dis­trict of­fices, and at reg­is­tered clinics.

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