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Two days after the prime minister announced the setting up of Tabung Harapan Malaysia, it has collected RM18,608,925.36 as of 3pm today. NSTP

PUTRAJAYA: Two days after the prime minister announced the setting up of Tabung Harapan Malaysia, it has collected RM18,608,925.36 as of 3pm today.

Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng said was a 163 per cent increase from the RM7,075,508.79 collected yesterday.

“I want to thank all Malaysians for their help in easing the burden to reduce the federal government’s debt.

“For any update on how much the Tabung Harapan Malaysia has collected, the public can get it from the ministry’s website at www.treasury.gov.my, Facebook (Kementerian Kewangan Malaysia), Instagram (MOF_malaysia) and Twitter (MOFmalaysia).

The Finance Minister had disclosed recently that the federal government’s actual debt and liabilities stood at RM1.087 trillion, or 80.3 per cent of the gross domestic product (GDP) as at December 31 last year.

Lim also advised the public to be careful of posters of a fake Tabung Harapan Malaysia account that was being circulated via the social media platforms.

“The account number is different that what has been announced before, 5660 1062 6452 (Maybank).

“The ministry will lodge a police report against anyone who tries to take advantage of the people’s kindness (through such scam),” he said in a statement.

In this respect, Lim urged the public to check the account number before making any transaction and to ensure they would not become victims to such a scam.

It was reported that the contribution made to Tabung Harapan Malaysia was tax deductible for individuals as well as companies and there was no limit to the tax deduction.

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