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Budget goodies bring relief to M'sian managers, families

Publication Date : 30-09-2012


Assistant IT manager Anandh Inbarraju is overjoyed with the 2013 budget of Malaysia as it contains goodies for him and his family.

The benefits, which include a smartphone rebate, book vouchers and income tax savings, translate to more than 1,000 ringgit (US$327) in savings for his family of six.

Anandh had been trying to buy an affordable home in Klang or Shah Alam costing 200,000 ringgit or less but it had proven to be difficult as the average selling price is 350,000 ringgit.

Now, the 26-year-old’s dream may become a reality as the Budget proposes that the government agency PR1MA build 80,000 houses in Kuala Lumpur, Shah Alam, Johor Baru, Seremban and Kuantan with property prices ranging between 100,000 ringgit and 400,000 ringgit per unit.

He also welcomed the 1 per cent income tax deduction as it would contribute to further savings for him to buy his own home.

He is also excited over the 200 ringgit smartphone rebate and 50 per cent discount on KTM Komuter fares.

Anandh said he was thinking of buying a better quality smartphone.

Anandh commutes to work in Kuala Lumpur on motorbike from Klang and takes the Komuter train only when it rains.

With the fare discount, he is considering switching to the Komuter as the savings would be “quite substantial”.

“If I ride my bike, I pay 5 ringgit for petrol and 2 ringgit for parking every day. If I take the Komuter, I can save around 4.30 ringgit a day or 86 ringgit a month,” said Anandh.

Anandh’s parents, who sell magazines and audio CDs in Klang, are excited to get another BR1M (Bantuan Rakyat 1Malaysia) payment.

They had received 500 ringgit under last year’s budget allocations.

“The BR1M aid will help us meet our household expenses,” said Inbarraju Kuttar, 53.

His wife, Sathyabama Gopalakrishnan, 48, would be eligible for the free mammogram examination.

Her other children, Thanaletchumy, 15, and Sathiyaraj, 17, will be sitting for their PMR and SPM examinations this year and will benefit from the 100 ringgit book vouchers which they each will get, while Premraj, 22, a salesman, will get the BR1M 2.0 aid of 250 ringgit allocated to unmarried people earning less than 2,000 ringgit a month.

*US$1= 3.06 ringgit


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