Statutory Funds getting bulk of allocation amounting to RM2 billion while education ministry's allocation increased by almost RM300 million.
KUALA LUMPUR: The federal government today tabled a supplementary supply bill seeking an additional RM3.081 billion to the federal budget with the largest allocation channeled to an item listed as Statutory Funds, with a total of RM2.248 billion.
Notably too was the RM62.78 million earmarked for the Election Commission.
The Supplementary Budget was tabled today and was carried out under the Supplementary Supply (2016) Act 2017.
The government has been tabling such supplementary budgets for several years after tabling the federal budget.
The second highest allocation made in the supplementary bill was the RM297.96 million for the education ministry.
This was followed by the transport ministry (RM215.7 million), the women, family and community development ministry (RM128 million), health ministry (RM104.4 million) and the foreign affairs ministry (RM24.126 million).
According to the bill, the allocations were made because the government had spent an additional RM62.27 million for the Sarawak state election in May last year, while the health ministry had spent the RM104.4 million on pharmaceuticals.
The original Budget 2016 had allocated a total of RM267.2 billion, an increase from the allocation of RM260.7 billion for 2015.