A well-thought-out Budget

Datuk Seri Doris Brodie

KUCHING: The 2022 State Budget will minimise the long term or permanent adverse effects of the Covid-19 pandemic on Sarawakians and Sarawak respectively, said Datuk Seri Doris Sophia Brodie.

“I am of the view that it is a well-thought-out budget. It is people-centric and focuses on the wellbeing and livelihood of Sarawakians at large as well as boosting productivity and reviving the economy post Covid-19 pandemic,” said the Parti Rakyat Sarawak (PRS) Women Chief.

She added it was a very inclusive and across-the-board Budget founded on the eight strategic thrusts.

It also focused on continuity of the government’s development agenda and putting it on track towards making Sarawak a high income and developed state by 2030.

“I think 2022 will be a good year for the people and the state’s economy as RM6.6 billion out of the total Budget of RM10.646 billion has been allocated for development fund to finance various development projects and programmes. This, in my view, will spur other socio-economic growth in Sarawak too.

“Besides, those in the B40 and M40 groups will continue to be assisted as well. For example, the government’s initiative to introduce a new Housing Deposit Assistance Scheme next year such as providing cash assistance of up to RM10,000 as housing deposit to B40 and M40 home buyers will allow them to own a home of their own,”  added Doris.

She said small to medium business owners such as petty traders and hawkers would also be assisted through the Bumiputera Business Empowerment and Business Recovery Assistance Fund that would be introduced next year.

“In short, no one is left out and these also include farmers, fishermen and even the civil servants.”