Govt to engage with micro and SME reps ahead of Budget 2023, says deputy finance minister

Malay Mail
Malay Mail

KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 26 — Deputy Finance Minister I Datuk Seri Ahmad Maslan said that the government will hold dialogue sessions with representatives from micro-enterprises and small and medium enterprises (SMEs) as part of its preparations for Budget 2023.

“The topic that will be discussed in today’s session is youth development, and other topics that will be discussed later are food security, rural development, job security, housing security, and the rights of Bumiputera and other races.

“These are the dialogue sessions that will be held by me before February 10,” said Ahmad during a press conference here after witnessing the signing of a memorandum of understanding (MoU) between Dewan Perniagaan Usahawan Kecil Malaysia (DPUKM) and Uniti Asia Group.

He added that DPUKM, along with other relevant agencies and non-governmental organisations (NGOs), will be invited to the dialogue sessions on the rights of Bumiputera and other races.

“DPUKM will be invited because it concerns the rights of Bumiputera, and they will be asked to bring us their memorandums and suggestions for Budget 2023,” said Ahmad.

The Pontian MP added that Deputy Finance Minister II Steven Sim will also hold budget dialogue sessions on other topics to continue the tradition of listening to opinions from focus groups.