Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak receives the memorandum from Federation of Malay Student's Union president Zambri Mohd Isa in Putrajaya. Pic by AHMAD IRHAM MOHD NOOR.

PUTRAJAYA: One hundred Muslim non-governmental organisations (NGOs) today handed a memorandum of support for the 2018 Budget to Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak.

The memorandum was submitted by Federation of Malay Student's Union president Zambri Mohd Isa, who represented the NGOs.

Najib thanked them for their support when receiving the memorandum, .

Zambri said the initiatives in the Budget covered everyone especially Muslims and Malays.

"We wish to thank the prime minister for helping Malays and Muslims. We hope everyone will give their full support to our leader," he told reporters after handing over the memorandum at the Prime Minister’s Office, here.

Zambri said the contents of the memorandum included support for enhancing the position of Islam and programmes to improve the lives of Bumiputera .

"For instance, the government has proposed a large allocation for Mara and allowances for imam and bilal.

"This shows that the Budget was not designed for the next general election, but it is for the people," he said.

In the Budget, Najib had announced that the government would continue to uphold Bumiputera interests as a national agenda, with an allocation of more than RM3.5 billion.

The Budget also proposed that RM50 million be channelled to GiatMara to upgrade and maintain wiring system in all registered tahfiz schools nationwide.

Meanwhile, Kuala Lumpur and Selangor Women and Single Mothers Association chairman Sheilla Tukimin said women would be empowered through measures in the Budget.

"I am happy that the Budget included allocations to benefit women," she said.

Najib had also announced in the Budget the introduction of shorter working hours for pregnant women and proposed at least 30 per cent participation of women as board of directors in government-linked firms by the end of next years.

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