KUCHING: The Sarawak government is reviewing constitutional provisions to see where it can exercise its rights to increase revenue for the state.
Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg said more funds were needed to develop the state.
“I have to find ways to raise revenue within our rights.
“Under the Constitution, we can impose sales tax, but now with GST, we cannot have double taxation.
“So I have to find new ways to raise money to develop our rural infrastructure,” he said when opening the 83rd Malaysia Customs directors meeting here yesterday.
Abang Johari said funds were needed to develop a state water grid, which would supply water to rural households.
“The first phase from Batang Ai to Tanjung Manis will cost RM1bil.
“I have decided that we have to use our own funds for the first phase,” he said.
Abang Johari also said the state had allocated RM2mil to upgrade the customs, immigration and quarantine (CIQ) complex at the Sungai Tujuh border between Sarawak and Brunei.
In addition, he said the state and Federal governments would jointly finance the upgrading of the CIQ complex in Tebedu.
“We cannot delay infrastructure facilities or we will be left behind.
“Enforcement personnel need the latest equipment to carry out their duties effectively,” he said.
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