Alor Setar, 29 October – The panel members of the 2018 Budget Discussion corroborated that the 2018 Budget tabled by the Premier was a prudent budget which took into account the people's needs and also the government capabilities.
The members of the panel for 2018 Budget Discussion were three prominent figures from various backgrounds i.e. the Kedah State Deputy Secretary (Development), Dato' Ammar Shaikh Mahmood Naim; Professor of Economics, Prof. Dr. Abdul Razak Chik and the Director of the Economic and Financial Policy Institute (EcoFI) UUM, Prof. Dr. Jamal Ali. The discussion was moderated by Prof. Dato' Dr. Amir Hussin Baharudin from the School of Economics, Finance and Banking (SEFB) UUM.
The 2018 Budget Discussion with the theme, "Negaraku: Membentuk Masa Hadapan" (My Country: Shaping the Future) was jointly organised by EcoFI and the School of Economics, Finance and Banking (SEFB), UUM at the TH Hotel, today.
The moderator, Prof. Dato' Dr. Amir Hussin stated that, Budget 2018 was inclusive because it encompassed all states and met the needs of people from all walks of life including newborns in the country.
In addition, the panellists also discussed the increase in the country budget allocation from MYR260.8 billion to MYR280.25 billion and how the government will manage the income and expenditure as well as the country's debt for the benefits of the people.
The closing ceremony of the 2018 Budget Discussion was officiated by the Deputy Dean of SEFB, Assoc. Prof. Dr. Siti Aznor Ahmad.