By Peter Sibon
KUCHING, Nov 26: Serian MP Datuk Seri Richard Riot Jaem today expressed his delight that the Federal government which he described as rakyat-centric budget will benefit all Malaysians, including the frontliners in the fight against Covid-19 pandemic.
He also expressed his gratitude to the government because, besides the one-off payment of RM500 to the heath care frontliners, the budget will also benefit other frontliners, including the police, army and Rela personnel.
“I’m very happy to hear that Finance Minister Tengku Datuk Seri Zafrul Abdul Aziz also mentioned that the Federal government will also be giving one-off RM300 to other frontliners such as the police and the army personnel.
“And he mentioned MP for Serian three times in his winding-up speech in Parliament today. So, I’m very grateful for that,” Riot told DayakDaily here today.
Riot who is also the Special Envoy for Japan, South Korea and Taiwan said, he would also like to express his gratitude to the government for providing assistance to the lower income groups such as the M40 and B40 which he highlighted during his debate speech.
“This is a ‘rakyat-centric’ budget which will benefit everyone. So, we also like to thank the opposition MPs for supporting the budget,” he said.
On another issue, Riot who has been Serian MP since 1990 said, the passing of Budget 2021 indicated the wisdom of all the Members of Parliament in the fight against Covid-19.
“Prior to this, there was a lot of hype that the opposition will not support the Bill but now all the MPs stood united to support the Budget. This showed that we all care for the rakyat especially during this very challenging time,” added Riot. — DayakDaily