By Nancy Nais
KUCHING, Nov 5: The state government proposed today a substantial allocation of RM9.073 billion for its 2019 development expenditure, proclaimed as the biggest in the history of Sarawak.
Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg said this represented about 76 per cent of the total budget, while 24 per cent or RM2.841 billion, would be for operating expenditure.
The state government, he added, was committed to intensifying the implementation of programmes and projects to catapult its development.
Of the total development budget in 2019, RM6.049 billion or 67 per cent allocation will be for rural development.
“This provision is much higher as compared to RM2.982 billion in 2017 and RM3.062 billion in 2018. Our continual effort in rural development is vital towards achieving our development objective in opening up greater opportunities in the rural and more remote areas for the economic prosperity of our rural community,” Abang Johari said in his budget speech at the State Legislative Assembly (DUN) sitting today.
Sarawak will continue with its development-biased and rural-focused budget to stimulate a higher level of economic activities and economic progress.
In addition, Abang Johari said sufficient allocation would be allocated for the provision of basic facilities and amenities, including roads and bridges, rural water and electricity supplies as well as other people-centric projects under the Eleventh Malaysia Plan.
“These development programmes will definitely open up larger areas and create more jobs and business opportunities; hence, ensuring the state economy becomes more vibrant and resilient, which eventually would bring economic prosperity to all Sarawakians.” — DayakDaily