INTERACTIVE | After voting the Pakatan Harapan government into power, now comes the time to vote for its inaugural budget.
Tabled in the Dewan Rakyat yesterday, some Budget 2019 highlights include “unlimited” public transport passes, targeted petrol subsidies, an increased minimum wage along with many perks for first-time homeowners and the B40.
As expected, some new taxes were introduced as well, including on sugary drinks, overseas travel and casino licences.
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Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng had said that the budget was aimed at ensuring the rakyat's well-being, instilling an entrepreneurial state and reforming public institutions in order to rein in government spending.
Themed “Malaysia Wibawa, Ekonomi Dinamik, Rakyat Sejahtera" (Capable Malaysia, Dynamic Economy, Prosperous People), the budget allocates RM314.55 billion for 2019, of which RM259.85 billion will be for operating expenditure and RM54.7 billion for development expenditure.