Fazzrudin (fourth right) with (from right) India Association Kuching honorary treasurer G. Vijayakumar, India Association Kuching acting president P. Ratha, India Association Kuching assistant secretary V. Ahtmanathan hand over the assistance to one of the recipients during Deepavali charity at India Association Kuching hall. Photos: Mohd Alif Noni

KUCHING: The Budget 2020 does not fulfill the expectations of most Malaysians.

Tupong assemblyman Fazzrudin Abdul Rahman said the budget does not encompass all Malaysians, especially Sarawakians.

He felt that Sarawak has been short-changed as the Pakatan Harapan federal government did not fulfill its pledge to allocate 30 per cent development expenditure to the state.

“We ended up with only 17.1 per cent,” he told pressmen during a Deepavali Charity programme held at Dewan Persatuan India here yesterday.

“I expected that RM1 billion will be given to fund repair works for dilapidated schools in the state but we only received RM700 million,” he explained.

Fazzrudin said he had hoped that more cluster schools would be built in Sarawak to cater and provide opportunities to youths in order for them to obtain better education.

“But there are no cluster schools in their plans according to the 2020 budget. We still depend on Maktab Rendah Sains Mara (MRSM), Institut Kemahiran Belia Malaysia (IKBM) which are far from rural dwellers.”

Fazzrudin (fourth right) with (from right) India Association Kuching honorary treasurer G. Vijayakumar, India Association Kuching acting president P. Ratha, India Association Kuching assistant secretary V. Ahtmanathan hand over the assistance to one of the recipients during Deepavali charity at India Association Kuching hall. Photos: Mohd Alif Noni

On the Deepavali celebration, the PBB deputy youth chief assured that Indians will not be sidelined despite being in the minority.

“We have approved 4,800 from 5,000 applications for air ticket subsidy for their children to return to Sarawak which is given twice a year.

“This is so that during the Deepavali celebration, their children who are studying in Malaya can enjoy a subsidy of RM300 for their flight back to Sarawak,” he explained.

Fazzrudin said such initiative was not only to bring the families closer but would also alleviate some of the financial burden of the parents.

During the ceremony, he presented Deepavali incentives to a total of 50 recipients. He also announced an allocation of RM3,000 to Indian Association Kuching (IAK).

G. Vijayakumar (left) hands over the assistance to a recipient while Fazzrudin (squatting) looks on.