Saturday, October 8, 2011

7 Focus Areas in Budget 2012

KUALA LUMPUR: The government will have seven focus areas in 2012, two of which are a more targeted subsidy programme for low- and middle-income groups and more incentives for new investments.

Given the strategies and programmes under the 2012 Budget, the Malaysian economy is expected to register an expansion of 5 to 6 per cent in 2012.

In its economic report for 2011/2012, the government said it will implement measures to reduce the impact of inflation; enhance the well-being of the rak-yat; accelerate rural transformation; reinvigorate investment activities, innovate Malaysia; develop human capital and improve public services delivery.

Assistance will be provided by the government to increase disposable income among low- and middle-income groups on top of measures like Kedai Rakyat 1Malaysia and the Menu Rakyat 1Malaysia, in a move to provide for affordable goods and food.
Long-term programmes to increase the supply of agriculture produce will also be launched.

In an effort to ensure affordable housing, the government will provide assistance to private sector-led schemes in the form of provision of land, facilitation of fund and green lane treatment for fast track approval.

On top of this, the government will also work to transform rural areas as thriving economic districts with modern facilities and infrastructure.

Besides according better quality of life to people, the initiative will also reduce youth migration to urban areas.

In an effort to bring in more investments, the government will introduce several incentives to attract promoted investment to the country.

It also plans to introduce greater competition in the economy, enabling a wider choice of goods and services for consumers.

In a move to inculcate the innovation culture in Malaysian society, the government will introduce new programmes to inculcate positive behaviours and traits, in particular among the younger generation.

Measures will also be introduced to facilitate commercialisation of innovative products and services.

On developing human capital, the government will work to improve labour legislation to reduce costs of managing workforce-related issues.

Significant allocations will be provided to relevant agencies to undertake various lifelong learning and training programmes across the country.

Finally, the government will continue to execute reforms to create a lean and flexible civil service and introduce electronic-based initiatives to facilitate citizen interaction with the government and in policy-making.

The country’s growth in economy in 2012 will translate into a nominal gross national income per capita growth of 7.4 per cent from RM28,725 to RM30,856.

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