PETALING JAYA: The government tabled a supplementary supply Bill today, asking for RM13.8 billion more to spend this year. The Bill, tabled this morning by the Finance Ministry among others allocates RM360 million to the Election Commission (EC), RM113 million to the Prime Minister’s Department, RM446 million to the Works Ministry and a whopping RM11.2 billion for “treasury general services”.
Bernama reported that the Defence Ministry is getting RM210 million but did not specify the purpose of the extra allocation.
No specifics were also given for the Home Ministry allocation(RM353.5 million) which the police comes under and the PM’s Dept (RM112.9 million) which controlled MMEA.
I cannot recall anything that it is in need of immediate funding for the Armed Forces but I believed the MMEA needs extra funds ASAP to get its Bombardier CL-415 amphibious planes and the Agusta Westland AW139 helicopters flying again. The MMEA DG is also calling for funds to get its maritime surveillance programme to be run under PFI, off the blocks. PDRM has an outstanding need for new small arms from pistols to bolt action rifles for its personnel apart from other stuff as well.
As for the Armed Forces, extra money could be needed for repairs on KD Pari, the lead payment for the procurement of ex-USN frigates and LSD, the upgrading of weapons on the Kedah and Lekiu class, the F/A-18D Hornet and Nuri upgrades. One could run out of space if the full wish list (which I don’t have) is added here. And since I am in the black-out zone, I guess we will have to wait for the official announcement, which might never happened or go unannounced. My guess is as good as yours!
– Malaysian Defence