Perlis proposes RM253mil Budget to generate growth

  • Metro News
  • Friday, 13 Dec 2019

Azlan (right) showing the 2020 Budget at the assembly sitting in Kangar. — Bernama

THE Perlis government has proposed a Budget of RM253.97mil for 2020, with an estimated deficit of RM64.15mil.

Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Azlan Man said the budget, with revenue estimated at RM106.30mil, provides RM170.45mil for operating expenditure and RM83.52mil for development expenditure.

“Of the total allocation for development, RM50mil are loans from the Federal Government meant for the construction of the State Secretary Office Complex and Istana Raja Muda Perlis, ” he said when tabling the 2020 Budget at the state assembly sitting in Kangar.

Azlan said the distribution of the development expenditure would be made through six main agencies, namely the State Secretary Office (RM16.10mil), Public Works Department (RM55.45mil), Agriculture Department (RM3.51mil), Veterinary Services Department (RM0.51mil), Drainage and Irrigation Department (RM7.45mil) and Forestry Department (RM0.5mil).

He said the budget would emphasise two focus points, namely generating sustainable economic growth and improving the quality of life in Perlis.

“Under the first focus point, the state seeks to strengthen the value of private investments so they will remain the key driver of the state’s economic growth.

“The state will set up the Perlis State Investment Monitoring Committee chaired by the Mentri Besar to reduce bureaucratic red tape and ensure smooth implementation of projects, ” he said.

Azlan said there were currently 21 projects under review, 17 projects in the planning stage and four projects in the implementation stage.

Under the second focus point, he said the government wished to upgrade the water supply, roads and rivers.

“The state government is also concerned about the flash flood woes faced by the people and hence, RM2.45mil is being allocated to minimise the incidence of floods in several areas across the state, ” he added. — Bernama

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