KUCHING: The 2022 State Budget’s emphasis on economic recovery has been commended by Dayak Chamber of Commerce and Industry (DCCI) supreme council member Marichelle Livan Lah, who opines that this is the direction to work towards.
“When going through the 2022 State Budget, what caught my attention was the facilitation of business recovery under Strategic Thrust 3.
“As we move towards Covid-19 being endemic and start learning to live alongside it, the business community needs all the help it can get to jumpstart what to us has been a fight for survival the past year.
“So this effort by the state to assist us through special credit schemes, loans, and grants is greatly appreciated,” she told New Sarawak Tribune.
She said the allocations to boost the tourism industry would generate income for the state and help to revive this ailing sector.
Marichelle added that funds set aside for rural development and the agriculture sector would create much needed business opportunities for small and medium entrepreneurs in the rural areas, which will in turn create jobs and a source of income for the low-income groups in the villages and small towns.
“I would like to urge all entrepreneurs to fully utilise the assistance and allocations given by the state government to revive and grow their business so that together we can make it through this pandemic.
“I am unsure what 2022 holds for us, but looking at the current situation, it seems promising,” she said.
On Tuesday, Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg announced the approved 2022 Sarawak Budget totalling RM10.646 billion.