Ipoh City Council clarifies forecasted deficit


By IVAN LOHILI AQILAH

Ipoh City Council has clarified that its forecasted deficit for next year is about RM10mil, and not around RM16mil as reported.

A city council spokesman said its total forecasted expenditure was about RM236mil while its expected revenue was about RM226mil.

He said a bulk of its revenue would come from collections, which was about RM220mil while RM6mil would be from trust accounts.

The trust accounts, he said, consisted of a developers’ trust account and another from corporate social responsibility.

Separately, Ipoh mayor Datuk Rumaizi Baharin said the Prime Minister’s Office had allocated some RM2mil to upgrade the Gerbang Malam night bazaar at Jalan Dato Tahwil Azar.

Rumaizi said they planned to build roofs along the road there, similar to the one in Petaling Street, Kuala Lumpur.

“We have already sent our project paper to the Perak Mentri Besar’s office for approval,” he told reporters after attending the city council’s Maal Hijrah celebration at the Ipoh City Council headquarters yesterday.

Rumaizi said the council planned to add more upgrades to the bazaar.

“We will do it slowly.

“Perhaps next year, we can apply for an allocation to fix the road at the bazaar as well as add more booths once the recovery movement control order (MCO) is lifted.

“Since we are still in the recovery MCO period, all upgrades will be done next year because we are worried that the project cannot adhere to the Covid-19 standard operating procedures,” he said.

He announced that the number of visitors to Ipoh had grown despite the MCO.“Although we do not have the statistics, it seems like the city is packed and roads are congested almost every weekend,” he said.

“We also received positive responses from our vendors that sales were doing well,” he added.

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