KUALA TERENGGANU: The Terengganu government tabled the state Budget 2021 themed “Melestarikan Kesejahteraan Bersama” with an allocation of RM1.375bil for operating expenditure and RM615mil for development expenditure.
Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Samsuri Mokhtar said the operating expenditure was 25% lower than that in Budget 2020, following a drop in estimated revenue to RM1.25bil in 2021.
“The projected revenue is based on tax revenue amounting to RM58.56mil, non-tax revenue of RM130.64mil and non-revenue receipt of RM1.06bil, including RM933.33mil in petroleum royalty.
“Despite the financial constraint, the support and commitment from the Federal Government in distributing full petroleum royalty and paying the loan of the East Coast Expressway 2 totalling RM1.431bil to the state government will hopefully help to realise the state’s balanced regional development agenda, ” he said when tabling the budget at the state Legislative Assembly sitting here.
Ahmad Samsuri also announced an incentive of RM800 for some 13,600 civil servants in Terengganu, that would be paid in January in appreciation of their hard work and loyalty.
To enhance the syariah administration and law, he said the state government would build a Syariah High Court Complex in Kemaman with an allocation of RM10mil.
In addition, he announced a RM20mil allocation for the agriculture sector, including RM2.4mil to intensify selected fruit development projects such as Musang King durian and mango.
To boost the tourism sector, the state government has allocated RM4.5mil for local and international promotional activities and events, besides creating more tourism products such as establishing a Malay Village in Kampung Losong and a Petroleum Museum.
The budget included an allocation of RM34.32mil for the implementation of five initiatives to help those impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic.
Ahmad Samsuri said the initiatives included a one-off Cakna Rakyat Terengganu cash aid of RM200 for 48,500 households in the B40 group, involving an allocation of RM9.7 mil.
Apart from that, he said RM7mil would be allocated for school aid, RM5mil for the Darul Iman Fund and RM3.5mil for the small and medium enterprises rehabilitation fund.
“For senior citizens, the government will implement the People’s Pension programme with a one-off payment of RM600 for them, ” he said. — Bernama