GEORGE TOWN: Allowances for an improved standard of living during Covid-19, free mobile data usage for students and medical insurance for Malaysians aged 50 and above, are among the items on Gerakan’s wishlist for the 2021 Budget.
The budget is due to be tabled on Nov 6.
In an open letter to Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin today, the party’s national vice-president Datuk Baljit Singh also requested increased hazardous allowances for all Covid-19 frontliners.
“As you continue to show your care and concern in keeping all Malaysians healthy and safe during this prolonged Covid-19 pandemic, allow me to record our appreciation for all you have done and continue to do for the nation,” Baljit said in his letter.
Besides asking that all school, college and university students receive free mobile data totalling 10 gigabytes per month, his wishlist also asked that all home-makers receive a RM500 monthly allowance.
“Daily wage earners in lockdown areas,” he noted,” should receive a monthly living allowance of at least RM900 to ease any difficulties they may be experiencing during this time.”
Baljit has also proposed that an additional RM500 a month be extended to all those in the B40 group to tide them over until June next year.
Another form of Covid-19 related assistance proposed for inclusion in the national budget, is for bereavement benefits of RM5,000 per family who have lost their loved ones to the pandemic.
Gerakan is also calling on the government to abolish the Sales and Service Tax until Dec 2021.
“This as one way of reducing prices and putting more money in the pockets of the rakyat for food items, daily necessities and services,” Baljit added.