GEORGE TOWN: The state Federal Action Council has welcomed the upgrading of healthcare facilities and the opening of an integrated government complex in Penang to serve the people better under the 2017 Budget.
Council Chairman Zainal Abidin Osman Zainal said the budget was “comprehensive” and fulfilled the wishlist of the rakyat of different strata.
“It will lighten the burden of the people and increase their income.”
Zainal said the accusation levelled by the Opposition that Malaysia was on the verge of “bankruptcy” and a “failed state” was way off the mark.
“The economy is sound and led by a competent leadership in this uncertain economic climate,” Zainal, who is also state Umno chief, said in a statement today.
Zainal also thanked the PM for giving one-off allowances for Islamic religious teachers, imams, Quran and Fardu Ain Class (Kafa) teachers and Village Security and Development Committee (JKKK) chairmen.
“It is also farsighted of the PM to give a three-month cash aid for rubber tappers during the dry season.”
Among the goodies in store for Penangites under the Budget are:
- The arrival of an Urban Transformation Centre (UTC), which has already been set up in other states. UTC is a collection of government departments in one building to facilitate easy access by the people. The PM also announced a Job Centre, which will be included as part of the UTC to cater to job seekers.
- The Permata Pintar dan Berbakat Centre at the Tuanku Bainun Teachers’ Training College campus in Butterworth. The facility will be upgraded as part of a RM85 million injection to Permata, a programme for gifted young children.
- Upgrades to Penang Hospital, with more specialist clinics, and the supply of treatment equipment for the cardilogy department. A few of the 100 new ambulances being bought may also be allotted to the hospital.