Budget 2023: Sivakumar to discuss allocations for non-Muslim houses of worship with Finance Ministry

BATU GAJAH: Human Resources Minister V. Sivakumar will meet the Finance Ministry to discuss the details of allocations for non-Muslim houses of worship in the 2023 Budget.

Sivakumar, who is also the sole Hindu minister in the cabinet, said this was because it was the first time Hindu temples (as part of non-Muslim houses of worship) had received allocations from the government in a national budget.

"Yesterday, Prime Minister (Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim) announced an allocation of RM50 million for the maintenance and repairs of non-Muslim houses of worship.

"This includes houses of worship for Hindus, Buddhists and Christians. The move will benefit all the communities," he said after officiating the MYFuture Jobs Career Carnival and Housewives' Social Security Scheme 2023 at the Silverlakes Village Outlet here today.

Sivakumar also shared that RM100 million had been allocated to the Malaysian Indian Transformation Unit (Mitra) while another RM30 million was provided through the Usaha Niaga Group Economic Fund (Tekun) for the Indian Micro-Entrepreneur Financing Scheme.

Anwar, who is also finance minister, announced RM50 million for the maintenance and overhaul of non-Muslim houses of worship throughout the country, and RM900 million for the maintenance of all schools, including Tamil schools, when he presented the 2023 Budget in Parliament yesterday. — BERNAMA

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