K'JAAN AKAN UMUM LANGKAH KURANGKAN BEBAN KUMPULAN BERPENDAPATAN SEDERHANA DLM BELANJAWAN 2014

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KUALA LUMPUR, 3 Sept (Bernama) -- Kerajaan akan mengumumkan langkah-langkah

untuk mengurangkan beban kumpulan berpendapatan rendah dalam Belanjawan 2014.

Ini dilakukan berikutan peningkatan harga petrol, yang diumumkan semalam,

kata Ketua Setiausaha Kementerian Kewangan Tan Sri Dr Mohd Irwan Serigar

Abdullah.

"Dalam perancangan kerajaan, bila kita umum bajet, kita bercadang

meningkatkan pemberian Bantuan Rakyat 1 Malaysia kepada rakyat yang

berpendapatan kurang RM3,000 sebulan.

"Kita juga akan buat sesuatu untuk golongan berpendapatan pertengahan,

kerana mereka juga komplen, mereka juga merasai tekanan dari segi kos sara

hidup," katanya kepada pemberita selepas merasmikan 1MET Bootcamp di sini hari

ini.

Beliau berkata kerajaan masih mengkaji usaha untuk membantu kumpulan rakyat

berpendapatan pertengahan.

"Ia (usaha itu) akan diumumkan dalam Belanjawan. Biarkan Perdana Menteri

Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak, memperkenalkan langkah-langkah itu.

"Kita sedang mengkaji semua aspek untuk kumpulan berpendapatan pertengahan,

Yang boleh dalam apa sahaja bentuk, memberi bantuan atau apa sahaja. Kami sudah

pun mengkajinya," katanya.

Mengenai peningkatan harga RON95 dan Diesel sebanyak 20 sen, Mohd Irwan

berkata setiap tahun kerajaan membelanjakan RN24.8 bilion untuk subsidi petrol,

yang merupakan jumlah besar yang boleh digunakan untuk meningkatkan bantuan

kebajikan rakyat, pembangunan infrastruktur dan sebagainya.

"Oleh sebab subsidi ini bukan sahaja dinikmati oleh golongan miskin, malah

kebanyakan yang mendapat untung daripada subsidi ini ialah golongan kaya kerana

golongan kayalah yang mempunyai kereta yang banyak, kereta dengan enjin

berkapasiti tinggi.

"Tambahan pula, warga asing pun mendapat manfaat daripada subsidi ini dan

juga aktiviti penyeludupan.

"Jadi kita terpaksalah menaikkan harga supaya wang subsidi penjimatan boleh

disalurkan kepada golongan yang lebih memerlukan, golongan miskin dan

berpendapatan rendah dan untuk meningkatkan taraf hidup mereka," katanya.

Mengenai 1MET Bootcamp, Mohd Irwan berkata Perdana Menteri akan mengumumkan

penubuhan Pusat Kreativiti Malaysia pada 11 Okt sempena Sidang Kemuncak

Keusahawanan Global (GES).

"Kami masih mengenal pasti lokasinya dan ini merupakan pusat sehenti untuk

usahawan," katanya.

Beliau berkata tahun ini Kementerian Kewangan akan menganjurkan 21 siri

bootcamps yang melibatkan 5,000 usahawan di seluruh negara.

Peserta bootcamps akan mendapat peluang untuk menemui Perdana Menteri dan

Presiden Amerika Syarikat Barrack Obama pada GES, yang dijadualkan berlangsung

pada 11 dan 12 Oktober.

-- BERNAMA

AMY AMY LAT

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