About the Event
On October 21, 2016, Najib Razak will table Budget 2017, his eighth budget since taking office in 2009. Facing a gloomy global economic outlook and a slump in commodities prices, Najib's inevitable move would be to cut spending, including essentials like public healthcare, education, and welfare.
At the same time, after being directly implicated in the 1MDB financial scandal this year, he could not really stop the gravy train - large and small infrastructure projects must continue or else political loyalties among the elites might fade and turn. Will this be Najib's last Budget?
Meanwhile, it has been reported that the Government is mulling tax relief to the middle 40% income bracket. How effective would such an initiative be and how else could the Budget ease the strain posed by the rising cost of living?
REFSA is pleased to announce an event centered around the national budget. This event is being held in conjunction with the Library Festival 2016, hosted by the Library for Social Democracy to mark its official launching.
There will be two sessions, details are as follows:
Session 1: How to Analyse Budget 2017?
10.00 a.m. to 12.00 p.m.
This session will focus on uncovering the hidden trends behind the official figures and narratives that the Government wants everyone to know. The speakers will analyse the mechanism behind deciphering budgetary figures and examine the technical terms employed in budget reporting. They will also discuss how to employ new tools such as data analytics and interactive visuals to analyse and report stories of notable public concern.
Dr. Ong Kian Ming, Member of Parliament for Serdang.
Kuek Ser Kuang Keng, Founder of DataN, Fellow at the Tow-Knight Center of Entrepreneurial Journalism, New York.
Lunch: 12.00 p.m. to 1.00 p.m.
Session 2: Budget 2017 Roundtable
1.00 p.m. to 3.00 p.m.
The second session will be a forum and roundtable discussion by a panel of distinguished economists who have deep insights on the macroeconomic challenges facing Malaysia. They will discuss what the budget could have in store for ordinary Malaysians and also the considerations which must be taken into account in the budgeting process.
Dr. Muhammed Abdul Khalid, Economist and former Director of Research, Khazanah Research Institute.
Dato’ Latifah Merican Cheong, Deputy President of Malaysian Economic Association, Former Assistant Governor, Bank Negara
Izzuddin Yussof, Economist.
Siti Altaf Deviyati Ismail, Social Policy Specialist.
Liew Chin Tong, REFSA Chairman and MP for Kluang.
REFSA would like to extend our invitation to all those interested in the economic state of our nation and how that impacts ordinary Malaysians.
This event is part of the Library Festival 2016, hosted by the Library for Social Democracy to mark its official launching. The full schedule of the Festival is available here: bit.ly/2dTKVQL