KUALA LUMPUR: Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak took a jab at his detractors for claiming that Malaysia is a bankrupt nation.
In a Twitter post, Najib who is also Finance Minister, said Barisan Nasional helped people who are in need because it can afford to.
“Malaysia bankrap? Sudah-sudahlah pembangkang menipu. #Bajet2018 (Malaysia is bankrupt? Enough with the lies, opposition),” he tweeted.
The post was accompanied by a 57-second clip which provided the 2018 Budget allocations for senior citizens, people with disability (PWD) and Islamic institutions.
Among the allocations were senior citizens being entitled to a RM350 monthly allowance, which is a RM50 increase from the previous allocation.
The RM50 increase in monthly allowance, it added, was also extended to PWDs who are working or otherwise, as well as caretakers.
“Village chiefs and Tok Batins would receive a one-off RM1,500 aid which would be distributed in two stages – RM1,000 in January next year and another RM500 during Hari Raya Aidilfitri.
“For the first time ever, those born between Jan 1, next year until 2022 will receive an initial saving fund of RM200 in unit trust under Permodalan Nasional Bhd (PNB) under the initiative known as ADAM50,” the video added.
On Friday, Najib in tabling the 2018 Budget, announced that the government has allocated RM1.7 billion to safeguard the welfare of Malaysia’s children, senior citizens and the disabled.
The increase in monthly allowances would benefit 144,000 senior citizens and 163,000 PWDs nationwide.