KUALA LUMPUR: The Home Ministry’s budget allocation has been increased from RM15.6 billion for this year to RM16.9 billion for next year.
Home Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin said he felt that the budget was comprehensive and covered all areas.
“As meant under joint prosperity, the allocation provides for all communities living in rural and urban areas, the poor, young and the like.
“It is proof that the Pakatan Harapan government is caring and benefitting all,” he said.
On the welfare of police, Muhyiddin said the allocation was long awaited and would go towards boosting the quality of their service and morale.
The People’s Volunteer Corps or Rela will enjoy a higher allowance of RM2 per hour from Jan 1, thanks to an additional allocation of RM26 million.
In recognition of their 24-hour service, all 14,400 Fire and Rescue Department personnel will receive a special allowance of RM200 a month, amounting to RM35 million.
The government announced a special payment of RM500 for civil servants in grades 56 and below.
The Independent Police Complaints and Misconduct Commission (IPCMC) will go ahead, while the Malaysian Ombudsman will replace the Public Complaints Bureau.
RM50 million has been allocated to enhance detention procedures and facilities, and the installation of 11,500 closed circuit television (CCTV) units at police detention centres and immigration entry points.
As for the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC), an additional 100 personnel will be recruited.
MACC chief Latheefa Koya said the additional 100 staff showed a clear manifestation of the government’s commitment to combating corruption.
“The RM10 million allocation for risk assessment tests against all ministries, departments and government agencies will strengthen MACC’s prevention efforts on eradicating corruption.
“MACC appreciates the government’s actions,” she said in a statement.