PETALING JAYA, Oct 24 (MySinchew) --According to an online survey conducted by Sinchew.com.my, more than 80% of respondents are disappointed with the 2017 Budget tabled by prime minister cum finance minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak at the Dewan Rakyat last Friday.
Of the 1,082 replies received as of 1 p.m. today, 51.2% of respondents say they are "very disappointed" with the Budget while 32.7% are "disappointed".
In the meantime, 11.5% feel that the Budget is "not too bad", but only 2.1% say they are "satisfied" with it, with 2.6% "very satisfied" with what is widely perceived as the "election budget".
Among the items that most people are happy with are the special discounts for PTPTN loan repayment, increased BR1M and upgrading of Internet services. Some also say they are happy that the GST rate is not going up.
On the other side of the scale, the most disappointing items are: perks for civil servants, swollen government operating expenditures and pathetic allocations for Chinese primary schools.
On the question of "financial prudence", an overwhelming majority of respondents (90.2%) feel that the government has failed badly while 5.8% say they "have no idea". Only 4% believe Najib has managed the country's finances prudently.
In addition, 89.1% think that the 2017 Budget will not revitalize the national economy. Only 3.9% think otherwise.