Politics and economy are inseparable. If politics is on the right track, the economy will get a definite lift. Similarly, if the economy is in disarray, politics will also suffer, and fundamental support base will be in tatters.
The Malaysian Institute of Economic Research (MIER) has maintained its projection of 4.2 per cent growth in the country's real gross domestic product (GDP) this year as the external sector remained sluggish.
Malaysians are concerned about the rising cost of living and would like a reduction in income tax and more efforts to curb crime and enhance the delivery of affordable housing schemes, according to a survey by iProperty.com Malaysia.
The 2017 Budget, which will be presented in Parliament on Friday, will cover measures to strengthen and move forward the Malaysian economy to face the global slowdown, says Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak.
The National ICT Association of Malaysia (Pikom) has expressed the hope that the government would improve the affordability and availability of information and communications technology (ICT) goods and services in the 2017 Budget, saying this would benefit the public.