Sunday, June 22, 2008

Plans For Poor And Disabled Proposed For Budget 2009

KUALA LUMPUR: Extend the entitlement of social welfare to those earning RM700 and below and exempt owners of imported disabled-friendly cars from road tax.

These are two proposals to be included in Budget 2009 to widen the social safety net which the Women, Family and Community Development Ministry is looking at in response to the increase in fuel prices.

Minister Datuk Dr Ng Yen Yen said currently only those earning RM400 and below a month or 54,000 families received financial aid from the Welfare Department.

"We are now studying the financial implication of raising the ceiling to cover those who earn RM700 and below as it will involve 240,000 families," she told a press conference here after visiting some fire victims off Jalan Chan Sow Lin here yesterday.

She said it was the Government’s responsibility to ensure that the poor were not caught in the global inflation.

Dr Ng said the ministry would also propose to the Finance Ministry to give road tax exemption to owners of imported cars equipped with features of the disabled.

From The Star Online, 21 June 2008

Comments : Other proposals that can be included in order to be people-with-disability friendly

1. Exempt imported disabled-friendly cars from import tax, excise tax and sales tax
2. Exempt owners of imported disabled-friendly cars from toll charges
3. Provide people with disability that own cars with monthly diesel/petrol coupons
4. Allocate AP to any people with disability to import disabled-friendly cars of his or her choice

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