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KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 23, 2015:

Despite the current troubled economy, the fact that the well-being of the nation’s soldiers remains a priority in the 2016 Budget pleases its minister, Datuk Seri Hishamuddin Hussein.

Speaking to reporters after the tabling of the Budget, Hishammuddin expressed satisfaction over allocations provided for the ministry, taking into account all that were requested.

“The security issues were not abandoned, especially in Sabah. So, I believe that in a year, we would be able to realise everything we hope for.

“The creative action and proactive plan, as announced by Prime Minister (Datuk Seri Najib Razak) just now, has put the country on a good track.

“I believe my ministry is well covered.”

Asked about Najib’s Budget speech where he insisted Malaysia is not a failed state, Hishammuddin said: “Of course we are not a failed state.

“He was not being defensive. He was just stating a fact.”

His response came after Najib announced an allocation of RM160 million to build 4,000 housing quarters for military personnel.

In addition, he also announced that the Armed Forces Fund Board (LTAT) plans to build 2,000 units of affordable houses for armed forces personnel beginning next year.

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