Rising cost of living has been the hot topic of the rakyat of late.
The government on its part is doing all it can to help alleviate the financial burden of the rakyat.
What has the government done so far?
Let us take a look.
Making sure that the economy stay strong
The government led by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak has made sure that the country’s economy remain strong.
This is important as a strong economy will be able to provide jobs and income for the rakyat.
This is very important because if there are no jobs, the rakyat will suffer.
This will lead to an economic crisis.
Thanks to Datuk Seri Najib, our economy grew 6.2 percent in the third quarter.
It is also excpected to stay strong in 2018 to register 6.2 percent.
This will be good news for the rakyat.
Providing world class public transport
The government is aware that public transport and a good transportation system and network is very important.
A good transportation network will make it easier for the people to move about.
A good public transport will also make it easier to transport goods.
This will generate economic activities and help propel our country.
Every where we go, we can see that our public transportation has become world class.
This is thanks to the vision and efforts of Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak.
Our MRT is much better than in New York and London and has become a pride of the country.
So is our LRT, Rapid bus system, the electric train and highways which are so advanced.
With an efficient transportation system, the rakyat can travel smoothly and generate economic activities.
BR1M the best gift ever
Without a doubt, the best thing that the government has done for the rakyat is to introduce BR1M.
BR1M is the brainchild of Datuk Seri Najib and has helped a lot of Malaysians.
BR1M has benefitted some 7 million Malaysians and will continue to benefit the rakyat in years to come.
No matter what the opposition say, BR1M has helped millions of Malaysians face the high cost of living.
BR1M should not be politicised as it is common to find this sort of assistance in other countries.
BR1M is also practised in the US and UK and are called food stamps.
Despite all the politicking, it cannot be denied that BR1M is one of the best things ever introduced by the government for the rakyat.
Affordable housing for the rakyat
Housing has always been the number one concern among the rakyat.
The rakyat is always looking for adorable housing as houses now are too expensive.
The government is always looking for ways to help ease the burden.
Hence that is why Datuk Seri Najib set up PR1MA housing to build affordable homes for the rakyat.
This is again another brilliant idea by the government to help the rakyat.
To help the rakyat if the oil price goes up continuously
One of the main cost components is petrol and its price have been very unpredictable.
But the government has pledged that it will help the rakyat if oil prices continue to go up.
Finance Ministry secretary general Tan Sri Irwan Serigar Abdullah has pledged on November 17 that the government will help if oil price continues to go up.
Although he did not specify how the government will help, it is clear that the government will not leave the rakyat in a lurch.
The government continues to provide political stability
If we look at other countries around the world, some countries are not politically stable.
In Malaysia, the government is able to work together with other political parties of various races.
Political stability is important as it will enable the rakyat to work and earn an income.
Without political stability, the government will not be able to provide a conducive environment for the rakyat.
When it is not stable, the rakyat will be unable to go to work in peace.
The government continues to provide basic security, infrastructure, medicine and education
Under the Barisan Nasional government, the rakyat continue to enjoy security as well as good infrastructure such as roads, schools and other facilities.
Some say that is the responsibility of the government anyway.
But there are also irresponsible governments out there not performing their duties to their people.
Thus the government has done all it can to take care of the rakyat so that they can enjoy a comfortable life.
The rakyat can now hire maids directly
Under Budget 2018, the government announced that the rakyat can now hire maids directly.
Previously, the rakyat had to use agents and middlemen.
Previously, these unscrupulous agents will charge up to RM15,000 just for a maid.
Now no more as the rakyat can hire maids directly at RM3,000.
This is again one of the efforts undertaken by the government to help cushion the high cost of living.
Reduce the individual income tax
The government had also reduced the income tax of the individual Malaysian.
This is a caring move aimed at helping to put more money into the rakyat’s pocket.
With the money, the rakyat will be able to feed his family and support the economy.
This is proof that the government has done a lot for the rakyat.
And more and more incentives will be announced by the government in the future to help the rakyat.
The government always thinking about the future of the younger generation
And now, Malaysia is nearing the year 2020 and now we must think of what will happen next especially for our children.
Datuk Seri Najib is putting in a place the National Transformation 2050 or TN50 to chart the direction of our younger generation.
This will enable the country to stay in the right direction able to achieve success for the young people of today.
So the government is always doing something for the rakyat whether young and oil so that we can all have a better life.