RM85.5mil for Jasa in Budget 2021 unnecessary: Shafie

by ASILA JALIL/ FILE PIX

Funds allocated for the federal government’s special affairs department (JASA) in Budget 2021 should be channelled to areas that can improve the country’s economy. 

Semporna MP Datuk Seri Mohd Shafie Apdal said the national budget includes plans to form a government body that could create jobs in the country but he questioned if the government plans to increase employment in Jasa. 

“I used to be in the Information Department and Jasa’s role can be done by the Community Development Department (Kemas). There is no need to spend RM85.5 million on that. 

“If only the allocation can be used to train more nurses or the public health officials in the health ministry, to help our children who are unemployed or assist diploma holders in rural areas,” he said in his debate for the Supply Bill 2021 today. 

The former Sabah chief minister also said the government should provide sufficient facilities for the public health officials by providing accommodation for them which could lessen their burden to travel long distances to work especially amid the health crisis. 

He said if the government is able to provide these facilities to armed forces and police, the same facilities can be given to health officials which would have a positive effect on the sector in the long run.

 

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