Congrats, Mr Prime Minister!
Obviously, it was not an election Budget. Compared with the package offered by Pakatan Rakyat, BN is continuing with its tradition to uplift the well-being of the rakyat, and NOT promising them a bridge where no river flows.
The RM251.6 billion proposed for 2013 was based on the nation's economic strength, the fundamentals and the world's economic mobility which is forecast to see some side effects of the Euro Zone's slowdown.
In general, the 1.5 month bonus to civil servants, a new BR1M scheme, personal tax insentive and a strong thrust given to the education sector are what the rakyat had anticipated and hoped for.
No 'sun and stars' are promised but it is undoubtedly an effort which reflects Barisan Nasional's honestly commitment to fullfil the country's and the rakyat's paramount need in ensuring progress, wealth, peace and stability.
With a focus to reduce our fiscal deficit, Budget 2013 themed 'Memakmur negara, mensejahtera rakyat: Janji ditepati' fits well into the 'soothing budget' bill.
A simple one, some may say but it covers the rakyat's aspiration - housing, additional tax deduction, rural transformation plan, education insentives, etc. In other words, nobody and no race will be left out.
Bumiputras businessmen continue to take the limelight. With RM9 billion worth of contract from the entire cost of the MRT will go to them, banks and financial institution will be there to give them a hand, if they comply.
So, its not an election budget like the one put up by the opposition.