6 Mar 2009
KUALA LUMPUR: Datuk Seri Najib Razak has received more than 500 comments and emails on the second stimulus package or the mini-Budget which he will table in Parliament next Tuesday.
In a Feb 26 posting on his website/blog, the deputy prime minister and finance minister said most of these covered a wide range of issues such as consumer spending, government expenditure, investment, trade and taxes.
Practical suggestions included ideas on taxes and subsidies (90 suggestions), fuel and energy (35), automotive and housing (30), finance (20), unemployment (20), implementation and monitoring (10) and others (about 100).
“I have mentioned the second stimulus package must remain realistic and relevant. I aspire to ensure that this package will be fresh, engaging and benefit all Malaysians,” he said on his website/blog.
“These suggestions provided me some guidance on the issues that matter most to you, the rakyat. As the minister of finance, this blog is one avenue through which, I am able to reach out and engage all Malaysians from various backgrounds.
” Najib added he had personally taken the initiative to meet 12 ministers and senior officials of the respective ministries in the run-up to the tabling of the second stimulus package.
“While all these suggestions and views are carefully reviewed, we must also consider the overall effectiveness of the measures taken to shore up our economy. It is also critical for Malaysia to ensure continued prudence in financial management,” Najib said.
He stressed that the mini-Budget must generate real economic activities, especially so this year to cushion the economy from the on-going global economic crisis.
“Your contributions have been invaluable in providing me with crucial insight into what must be done in finding the way forward during these uncertain times. “I thank you all for your willingness and eagerness to participate in this important process.
“Your participation has certainly confirmed my thoughts that for this mini-Budget, the welfare of the people, including those who get retrenched and other vulnerable groups, will be seriously considered.”
Shahrul Peshawar – I didnt visit the blog yet, wondering if there is any link to mongolia…