Move to up Sarawak’s revenue

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KUCHING: Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg has something more in mind to increase the state’s revenue further after succeeding in getting additional income from the five percent state sales tax (SST) enforced on petroleum products.

The chief minister said Sarawak’s future economy would be very bright through a new financial model that he had now put in place.

“There are more that I have in mind but I cannot reveal it now; what we can do to increase our revenue. I think my colleagues (state cabinet) know that I have a vision but we must have the strength and work together in order to provide the facilities for our young generation.

“We are able to spend money on developing water and electricity supply and road networks, and on social services and it (the spending) doesn’t disturb our reserves,” he said at the presentation of a grant for the Dayak Bidayuh National Association’s (DBNA) community hostel building project, here today.

Abang Johari handed over an initial amount of RM6.75 million, which was part of a sum of RM16 million that he had pledged earlier this year for the project.

The hostel will be built near the existing DBNA headquarters in Jalan Kumpang. The remaining amount for the project will be handed over within the next six months. 

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