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KUCHING, Oct 23: The social economic development of the less developed states including Sarawak will continue to be given priority in Budget 2022 which will be tabled in Parliament next week, said Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob.
According to Ismail Sabri, under the 12th Malaysia Plan (12MP), at least 50 per cent of the total Federal basic development allocation will be distributed to Sarawak, Sabah, Kelantan, Terengganu, Kedah and Perlis, involving the provision of basic infrastructure, digitalisation, education, healthcare services and economic development.
“The same approach will also be the essence of the 2022 Budget that will be tabled next week,” he said in his speech during the launching ceremony of “Keluarga Malaysia” held in Borneo Convention Centre (BCCK), here today.
He noted, in realising the “Keluarga Malaysia” goal which emphasises on the values of inclusion, togetherness and gratitude, the government will closely monitor the implementation of planned programmes and initiatives, particularly in Sarawak and Sabah, to ensure that everyone developed together as “Keluarga Malaysia”.
He explained the idea of “Keluarga Malaysia” inspired by the government is not mere rhetoric or just a slogan, but it is a spirit instilled by the government in the administration of the country, where the interest and wellbeing of the people are preserved like taking care of a family.
“For example, if there are among our children who are weak in terms of learning, of course they will be given more focus on. What’s more if there are less fortunate family members in life, surely we will extend the help and would not leave them alone.
“The same apply in the government administration today. Malaysian Families such as the B40 and M40 groups affected by the pandemic, will continue to be given focus and priority in benefiting from the government assistance,” he added.
Ismail Sabri also pointed out that in line with the socio-economic development of the country, the less developed states will continue to be given priority.
“Sarawak is one of the six states apart from Sabah, Kelantan, Terengganu, Kedah and Perlis which are given special focus to bridge the economic development gap between states, regions, cities and rural areas, so that the economic prosperity can be enjoyed fairly and equitably,” he said. — DayakDaily.