Free healthcare RM3.45 billion to benefit one million budget for Selangor
> More than half allocated for development, Azmin announces
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.