PUTRAJAYA: A total of 242 organisations, including business chambers, academia and non-governmental organisations, have submitted 1,935 memoranda as the government seeks public opinion ahead of the tabling of Budget 2023.
In his welcoming speech for the Budget Consultation Council meeting on Tuesday, Deputy Finance Minister Datuk Mohd Shahar Abdullah said Budget 2023 will be inclusive and beneficial to all segments of society.
He said Budget 2023 is focused on reform initiatives, especially through improving income and social protection, business competitiveness and value chains, as well as strengthening the country's resilience against future shocks.
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According to Mohd Shahar, the Finance Ministry will continue to hold discussions and consultations nationwide to gather further input for the upcoming budget.
“So far, state tours have been made in Johor, Kelantan and Terengganu, in addition to the engagement session held in Putrajaya to obtain suggestions and aspirations from the people and industries.
“In the next few weeks, more engagement sessions and meetings will be held specifically to assess all the issues and suggestions presented today,” he added.
Finance Minister Tengku Zafrul Aziz was also in attendance at the meeting to chair the second session, which discussed issues about the implementation of Sustainable Development Goals, as well as public-private partnership.
At the conclusion of the event, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob gave the closing speech.