Targeted fuel, cooking oil subsidies in the works

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Dateline 2022-06-07, FMT:

Malaysia has begun work on replacing its blanket petrol and cooking oil subsidies with a more targeted approach, as government spending rises to blunt higher living costs. “The target is to ensure that those who need subsidies will get the subsidies,” economic affairs minister Mustapa Mohamed said in a Bloomberg TV interview today. “The sooner it is done, of course, (the sooner) it will relieve pressure on the government’s budget.” The finance ministry had said on Friday that anticipated subsidies are expected to push the government’s total spending in 2022 “significantly higher”, by about RM30 billion.

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