Zahid happy with RM80m for Rela

Ahmad Zahid HamidiKUALA LUMPUR: Cabinet members today thanked Prime Minister Najib Razak for the allocations made in the Budget 2017, despite the economic downturn.

Deputy Prime Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi said Najib, who is also finance minister, had allocated the appropriate funds to the respective stakeholders and to take care of the security of the nation.

“I am grateful that the Peoples’ Volunteer Corp (Rela) has been allocated RM80 million,” he told reporters at the Parliament lobby.

The Rela allocation will benefit more than 200,000 members to ensure a safe and peaceful society.

The government has also allocated RM40 million as grants to registered residents’ associations.

These grants of up to RM10,000 are provided for the purchase of security control equipment, cleaning and maintenance of neighbourhoods.

Education Minister Mahdzir Khalid said his ministry was given the allocations they asked for.

The ministry, he said, was thankful for the RM600 million allocation for school maintenance.

“The money will be used for school maintenance and also to help poorly maintained schools in rural Sabah and Sarawak.”

Deputy Education Minister P Kamalanathan said he was appreciative of the RM10 million allocation for 50 Tamil pre-schools.

Youth and Sports Minister Khairy Jamaluddin said youth development was equally spread out among various ministries.

“It is a comprehensive budget.”

He said it was not an election budget.

“It is a budget for the rakyat. We cannot view it as an election budget because we do not know when the elections are going to be held.”

Khairy said it was a balanced budget meant to spur the economy.