Tupong rep: Sarawak’s RM12.4 bln Budget 2024 projection reflects visionary resource utilisation, financial prudence

Fazzrudin Abdul Rahman

KUCHING, Nov 20: Sarawak’s monumental 2024 Budget at RM12.363 billion and a groundbreaking forecast revenue of RM12.718 billion speaks volumes of Sarawak’s visionary leadership, especially the adept utilisation of the State’s natural resources to augment its income.

Tupong assemblyman Fazzrudin Abdul Rahman underscored that the 2024 Budget also reflects the strategic approach of the Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS) government with emphasis on revenue engineering and financial prudence in managing the State’s finances.

“The direction towards environmental sustainability and green economy through the Post-Covid-19 Development Strategy (PCDS) 2030 as well as digitalisation efforts is paying dividends,” he said in a statement today.

Fazzrudin was commenting on the Sarawak Budget 2024 tabled by Premier of Sarawak Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri Abang Johari Tun Openg during the Second Meeting for the Second Term of the 19th Sarawak Legislative Assembly (DUN) Sitting at the DUN Complex here today.

He also welcomed the initiative to give book vouchers worth RM500 per person for Sarawakian students from low-income households in public and private higher learning institutions, benefiting some 35,000 university and college students.

“The free laptop initiative for Sarawakian students from low-income households is timely as such initiative is welcomed by students who need a laptop when studying at university but could not afford it,” he said.

These initiatives, according to Fazzrudin, signify the GPS government’s people-centric approach. They demonstrate a commitment to understanding the needs of the people, especially the younger generation, ensuring equal access, opportunities, and facilities for education.

He also commended the budget for the continuation of the National Higher Education Fund (PTPTN) loan repayment assistance, which has so far assisted 22,900 Sarawakian graduates.

“While we face global economic uncertainties and slow global growth, Sarawak remains financially resilient and is able to stem the tide and I hope this will continue in the future to fulfil the transformation of Sarawak’s economy,” he added. — DayakDaily