Party hopes for gender responsive budget

Datuk Chiew Yen Chew

KUCHING: Progressive Democratic Party (PDP) hopes that the National Budget 2022 will be a ‘gender-responsive’ budget by taking into consideration gender equality and increase spending in sectors that will benefit women and girls to reduce inequality.

“I hope the government will transform this budget to ensure that gender equality commitments are realised,” said it Women Wing chief Datuk Chiew Yen Chew in an exclusive interview with New Sarawak Tribune here.

“I also hope that the national budget will increase investments in care and learning programmes for women,” she added.

Datuk Seri Nancy Shukri

She noted that the country has suffered for almost two years from the impact of Covid-19 pandemic which has adversely affected the people’s lives and the nation’s economy.

“Budget 2022 is, therefore, anticipated to focus mainly on recovery, resilience and reform with spending and investments to boost the national development agenda.

“I hope the budget will prioritise rebuilding Malaysia’s economy and welfare in an approach to reflect the spirit of ‘Keluarga Malaysia’,” she said.

Meanwhile, Minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture Datuk Seri Nancy Shukri hopes that the tourism infrastructure in Malaysia will be further upgraded and be at par with the expectations of the upscale tourists visiting the country.

She added that the upgrading of tourism infrastructure is very much necessary and very much needed in the country to woo the upscale tourists who, in turn, can help increase more income for the tourism players and boost the country’s economy.