2020 State Budget
By Nazmi Suhaimi & Natasha Jee
Tanjung Datu assemblywoman Datuk Amar Jamilah Anu revealed that the Gabungan Parti Sarawak state government never put any hope of the federal allocation when drawing up their own state budget.
“Congratulations to GPS. We now do not need to depend on others,” she said when met by reporters at the State Legislative Assembly building here yesterday.
On the RM100 million allocation to the Village Safety and Welfare Committee (JKKK), Jamilah hoped, with the more substantial funding, more activities can be planned.
“We have our own initiatives to look after the rakyat and prioritise their interest. This is indeed the best budget thus far, it is inclusive and encompassing all,” she said.
Meanwhile, Infrastructure and Ports Development assistant minister Datuk Julaihi Narawi lauded the 2020 State Budget for its attention to the fishing community.
“The RM300 allowance during the rainy season is crucial for them as well as it can help them buy their fishing equipment,” he said when met yesterday.
“It is the State government’s ‘present’ to the people. The post-natal incentive to mothers is also a welcomed move.
Julaihi viewed that the budget is people-centric and lauded the move to generate more revenue by imposing a levy on aluminum exports and increasing the water tariff.
“Overall, it is a satisfactory budget and the surplus from the budget can top up our state reserves,” he explained.
Also, Parti Pesaka Bumiputera Bersatu (PBB) information chief Datuk Idris Buang said the budget was the best of the best.
“With Petros given the right to mine oil from the state itself. Our revenue will definitely increase,” he pointed out.
He said giving Petros the license for mining activities, as such in return it will be a new source of income for the State.
On the allocation of the RM100 million for the JKKK, Idris said it was a good initiative for the rural community especially and to further unite the people.
“Unlike the formation of the Federal Village Community Management Councils (MPKKP) which is trying to break the people,” he added.
He then said MPKKP can be set up in the state, but they cannot function because there is no law in the state that support their existence.