Govt tables RM7.1b supplementary supply bill

This is for additional expenditure on services and expenses

By DASHVEENJIT KAUR / Pic By ISMAIL CHE RUS

The federal government yesterday tabled a supplementary supply bill in Parliament to seek approval for an additional RM7.12 billion under Budget 2017.

The supplementary supply bill tabled by Second Finance Minister Datuk Seri Johari Abdul Ghani for first reading in the Dewan Rakyat, requested a total of RM7.12 billion from the consolidated fund for additional expenditure on services and expenses.

The largest allocation in the tabled supplementary supply bill amounting to RM2.71 billion was earmarked for an item listed as “statutory funds”.

The Ministry of Finance said the statutory funds comprised surplus from the consolidated revenue account being transferred to the development fund.

Among other large expenditures include RM891.1 million for the Ministry of Education, RM804.27 million for the Ministry of Home Affairs and RM685.49 million for the Ministry of Agriculture and Agro-based Industry.

A total of RM479.07 million was also allocated to the Ministry of Health, followed by RM425.41 million to the Ministry of Higher Education and RM395.74 million to the Public Service Department.

The Ministry of Women, Family and Community Development was allocated with a total of RM235 million.

Up to RM150 million was allocated for the Ministry of Domestic Trade, Cooperatives and Consumerism.

Another RM155 million was channelled to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, while a sum of RM23 million was utilised by the Prime Minister’s Department.

Another RM24 million was allocated for the Ministry of Communications and Multimedia and RM16 million to the Ministry of Human Resources.

Last year, the government tabled a supplementary supply bill for an additional RM3.08 billion.