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State Budget: CM told to allocate more for post-Covid economy recovery, public works purposes



4 Dec 2021

By Wartawan Nabalu News


KOTA KINABALU: DAP’s Kota Kinabalu MP Chan Foong Hin said Sabah Chief Minister Datuk Seri Hajiji Haji Noor should revise his Budget 2022 and allocate more money to assist the recovery of state economy recovery.


He said the Budget 2022 as tabled in the Sabah State Legislative Assembly on Friday should also allocate more on public works purposes such as flood mitigation.


Hajiji had announced a surplus budget of RM110.68 million for 2022 whereby the estimated revenue collection is RM4.707 billion whilst total expenditure is estimated at RM4.596 billion.


Out of this RM4.596 billion expenditure, RM1.368 billion or about 30 per cent is allocated for development.


“In this RM1.368 billion, the state government’s allocation is RM741.57 million whilst the federal government’s allocation is RM626.58 million.


“It is not time for the GRS Government to run a conservative budget with the aim of merely to provide sufficient funding for each department to survive the year without any additional plans or assistance whatsoever.


“Even the Malaysian federal government’s Budget for 2022 is at RM332.1 billion and is a major deficit when compared with the estimated revenue of RM234 billion in 2022, said Chan in a statement today.


According to him, with such a conservative budget on the basics, residents of Kota Kinabalu in areas like Universiti Condo Apartment, Taman Bandar Sierra, Sepanggar Ria, Taman Rimba, Telipok are expecting water disruptions to their homes and business premises to continue well into 2022.


Residents of Likas, Kolombong and Inanam foresee that flash flooding and other problems will continue plaguing them, he added.


“It is such a shame that the State Government see no urgency and no will in resolving basic livelihood issues of the people such as these.


“Also with such low spending and near to no stimulus to bring the Sabah economy back to its foot post Covid-19 pandemic and in the new normal, it is a foregone conclusion that the GDP growth in Sabah will be low.


“The Sabah Government should have taken note that Sabah's GDP per capita contraction is -9.5 per cent in 2020, which is the highest in the country during the period of the Movement Control Order (MCO).”


According to the federal Human Resource Ministry, Chan cited that a total of 2,667 youths in Sabah had lost jobs between January and 5 November this year, with youth unemployment rate at 17.3 per cent.


As such, he asserted that the Sabah Government ought to spend more and should have taken the initiative to allocate funds for job creations or organising programmes which would create more job opportunities in various sectors.


“GRS Government should spend more on matters such as having more economic stimulus packages (especially for the tourism sector), wage and income subsidies, local council cess waiver for SME(s), repair / upgrading / maintenance of the most basic infrastructures such as roads and drainages, and also flood mitigation projects should be done.


“This is so that the lives of the people can return to normal and generate more revenue to the entire state’s economy.”

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