Monday, February 1, 2016

Salleh: Rakyat’s interests given priority despite economic challenges

The Federal Government will continue to give priority to the interests and welfare of the people even though the country is faced with challenging economic conditions, says Datuk Seri Dr Salleh Said Keruak.

The Communications and Multimedia Minister said this was evident in the revised Budget 2016 tabled by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak, which had taken into account the concerns of the people over current rising costs.

"Under any circumstances and situation, the interest of the people is top priority to the Government. In fact, this was emphasised by the Prime Minister when tabling the recalibrated Budget 2016.

"I believe a clear explanation must be given to the people, including to those in rural areas, so as to prevent them from being confused or misguided or diverted or deflected by those trying to fish in troubled waters," he said.

Salleh was speaking at a dinner in honour of Rural and Regional Development Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob who was visiting the Kota Belud district, in Kampung Taun Gusi, here, on Sunday night.

Salleh said his ministry was ready to cooperate with all the relevant ministries, including the Rural and Regional Development Ministry, to explain to the people at grassroots level, about the revised Budget.

He said he believed that his ministry and the Rural and Regional Development Ministry had the responsibility to provide information to the people due to their extensive networks in rural areas.

Salleh added that he was confident the Rural and Regional Development Ministry could bring about major changes to rural communities through the transformation programmes such as “Membandarkan kawasan luar Bandar”, besides continuing efforts to defend Bumiputra interests.

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