JOHOR BARU - The Government has to give more focus on helping the people as one of the challenges faced by the rakyat now is the rising cost of living.
As such, Johor Mentri Besar Datuk Mohamed Khaled Nordin urged the Government to lower income tax so that the people could have more money for their daily expenses.
"The state government also hopes that issues like the building of more affordable homes and easy access to bank loans are included in the announcement as well," he said after launching a Deepavali bazaar in Permas Jaya.
He also said that other than lowering the income tax, the Government should also look into increasing the amount given out under the Bantuan Rakyat 1Malaysia (BR1M) cash aid.
On a separate matter, he said that bazaars opened in conjunction with the respective festive celebrations showed that the Government was open to the multicultural concept without emphasising on a certain race.
"When the Malays observe Ramadan, we have Ramadan bazaars. When the Indians welcome Deepavali, they are allowed to hold bazaars to sell their goods," he said.
He said organising these bazaars could also promote understanding among the different cultures as well as cultivate entrepreneurship among the participants.