2023 Mini Budget: RM150 aid for school children, 50,000 jobs, salary raise for civil servants, aids for rubber small holders

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KUALA LUMPUR DEC.20: All school children will receive RM150 each in January 2023 regardless of their families’ income to help them purchase adequate school equipments.

Prime Minister Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim said, the school children had missed out their education due to the COVID-19 pandemic and as such it is important to prepare them with the necessary equipment.

“Apart from the expenditure requirements for the Supplementary Food Programme and the purchase of text books, the government is now giving RM150 to the school children regardless of the parents’ income in January 2023,” he told the Dewan Rakyat today.

Anwar said that when tabling the Consolidated Fund (Expenditure on Account) bill 2022 also known as 2023 Mini Budget today.

The Tambun Member of Parliament also announced the first phase of Bantuan Tunai Rakyat (BTR) involving RM2 billion and benefitting nine million recipients that will be rolled out in January 2023.

“The households will receive the aid amounting RM300 while single recipient will receive RM100,” Anwar said.

Anwar who is also the Finance Minister highlighted that the government will provide 50,000 contractual jobs including 35,000 in the government –linked companies (GLCs) via MySTEP programme next year.

“The jobs will offer salaries within the range of RM1, 500 till RM2, 000 per month to the youths,” said Anwar.

Anwar added, the government is also giving an annual salary increment of RM100 for civil servants in Grade 11 until 56 in 2023. Besides that a special financial aid amounting RM700 million will be provided to 1.3 million civil servants on Grade 56 and below and RM350 for one million retired public servants.

In view of the flood and rainy season, the Prime Minister announced an additional RM200 cash aid for rubber small holders under the Monsoon Season Aid (Bantuan Musim Tengkujuh) in January 2023.

“The government has distributed cash aid of RM600 in November and December 2022 to nearly 320,000 rubber small holders,” he said. –Malaysia World News

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