Deficit budget for Shah Alam


  • Metro News
  • Wednesday, 30 Sep 2020

Haris (second from right) holding MBSA’s Budget 2021 as deputy mayor Mohd Rashidi Ruslan (second from left) and other city council officers look on.

OVER half-a-billion ringgit has been allocated for Shah Alam City Council’s (MBSA) budget next year.

However, it would be a deficit budget, said Shah Alam mayor Datuk Haris Kasim after chairing the city council’s full board meeting.

“MBSA plans to spend RM526,887,600 but estimated revenue will only be RM498,820,920, so there is a deficit of RM28,066,680 which will be covered by our reserves,” he said.

He disclosed that MBSA was expecting to see an increase in revenue collection by 3.8% in 2021, which is RM18,246,830 more than this year.

“We are also expecting to see an increase of RM5.98mil in assessment tax payment compared to this year because of the many new developments that are now occupied,” he said.

Themed “Pioneering the New Normal for a Prosperous Shah Alam”, Budget 2021 will also focus on several development and infrastructure projects.

Among them are the construction of a two-storey shop consisting of 13 multipurpose stalls and 17 food stalls in Kampung Baru Subang, Pekan Subang Section U6.

“We have been building such premises in U10, Section 15 and Section 25 in a bid to move all roadside hawkers into proper locations for them to run their business.

“We have budgeted RM4.5mil for the premises in Section U6,” said Haris.

He also announced the development of a one-stop service centre at Wisma MBSA in a bid to centralise its current command centre.

“Currently our command centre is spread out everywhere, so we have allocated RM3.5mil to build the command centre at Wisma MBSA to have everything under one roof and for our team to be more efficient too,” he added.

In addition, MBSA will allocate funds to buy more body cameras for on-duty enforcement officers to wear.

MBSA has bought 45 units so far, at RM1,000 per unit.

Other projects include the upgrading of the Section 19 football field, construction of a multistorey carpark in Section 17 and a pedestrian bridge at Persiaran Institut beside Unisel in Section 7, as well as expansion of MBSA’s closed-circuit television (CCTV) camera coverage.

A total of RM1mil has been allocated to replace 108 CCTV units, with more to be added in hotspot areas where littering and crime are rampant.

Haris said that although they were hit by the Covid-19 pandemic, MBSA’s operations were not badly affected.

“We are still able to continue providing services and have a good budget for next year,” said the mayor.

On Covid-19, he said if a cluster developed in Shah Alam, the MBSA task force would be activated immediately and officers would go around to ensure people complied with the rules.

MBSA is also actively checking premises, especially those that are illegally run by foreigners.

“Under our law, no foreigner can own a business licence unless they come here with a visa which specifies that.

“Most of the foreigners we encounter are only allowed to work in factories, so the Immigration Department needs to take action against them,” said Haris.

He added that MBSA would not hesitate to revoke the licence of those who flout the law and fail to adhere to the standard operating procedures put in place for Covid-19.

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