KUCHING: It is hoped that the federal government will include Sarawak in its consideration when distributing funds as the state needs all the help and assistance now to revive and rebuild, said Dayak Chamber of Commerce and Industry (DCCI) supreme council member Marichelle Livan Lah.
“The new national 2022 Budget, which is themed ‘Keluarga Malaysia, Makmur Sejahtera’, is to me, a proud Anak Sarawak, interesting and intriguing.
“It will be interesting to see how much of the budgeted RM332.1 billion will be allocated to us Sarawakians,” she said when contacted yesterday (Saturday).
She lauded the women empowerment initiatives under the 2022 Budget, describing them as a step in the right direction for the nation.
She said it was very refreshing to see the government pay extra attention to women in efforts to make them equal partners in rebuilding and reviving the country’s economy.
“I personally know many working mothers who have suffered mentally and emotionally during the pandemic because they have to take care of their children’s education and needs at home while being away from families and friends,” she said.
Marichelle also said that the initiatives under the 2022 Budget aimed at assisting the business community would be greatly appreciated.
“From the business perspective, all parties should focus on reviving and spurring the economy which will indirectly create much needed jobs. For businesses who survived this pandemic, we need assistance to slowly rebuild our businesses after suffering losses for almost two years,” she said.
She pointed out that even after the economy had returned to its pre Covid-19 glory days, there were still business loans and credits to bear which would hinder rebuilding progress.
She said this was especially true for businesses closely related to the tourism industry as it would take a much longer time for tourism to pick up.
“Homestays and other tourism attractions within the country require funds to be injected into them for repairs and maintenance in preparation for the tourism boom,” she said.
At the same time, she noted that during the pandemic, many businesses had moved their businesses online to adapt and sustain their businesses.
“It is amazing how many entrepreneurs managed to grow and expand their businesses despite the pandemic by shifting their marketing and sales online,” said Marichelle.