Deputy Minister: Increase allocation for S’wak in retabled Budget 2023 for dilapidated schools, hospitals

Datuk Sharifah Hasidah Sayeed Aman Ghazali (file photo)

By Christopher Lidom

KUCHING, Feb 23: Deputy Minister in the Premier’s Department Datuk Sharifah Hasidah Sayeed Aman Ghazali hopes that the allocation for Sarawak will be increased when Budget 2023 is retabled, especially when it comes to dilapidated schools, clinics and hospitals.

Sharifah Hasidah said Sarawak also hope that the Federal government under Datuk Sri Anwar Ibrahim will give tax incentives, including other incentives for new industries such as carbon storage, carbon credit, and hydrogen economy.

“All these should be given a special incentive to whoever implements them. We hope that the budget is also allocated for the new economy involving blue and green technology,” she told reporters when met during a walkabout at Safe City project site in Jalan Astana, here today.

She added that what is important is that the budget allocation coincides with the direction of Premier Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri Abang Johari Tun Openg and benefit those who want to be involved in the new technology such as carbon trading, carbon storage and also the hydrogen economy.

Meanwhile, Sharifah Hasidah said she also expects more allocations for the development of women, youth and social economy of Sarawak.

“Apart from that, we also hope that more funds will be allocated for the digital development of infrastructure in Sarawak,” she said.

The retabling of Budget 2023 will be presented by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim tomorrow (Feb 24) in the Dewan Rakyat. — DayakDaily