That is a huge sum of money.
It constitutes almost one third of the RM33bil financial reserves in the state Treasury.
The goodies have been announced and sure enough, there were plenty of them - especially for rural folk.
Of the RM9.9bil, some RM4bil will be for rural development projects like bridges and roads, RM3.6bil for state government administrative expenditures and the rest for urban projects.
The budget announced by Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Openg that contained big money allocations was not a surprise.After all it is a budget for possible state elections next year; most likely soon after Chinese New Year but before the June 1 Gawai Dayak festivities.
The deadline for the 12th state polls is June 2021.
Sarawakians must make sure promises made are kept.
From past experience, some budget promises and election promises remain unfulfilled.
Political parties from both the ruling government and Opposition must set up a specific internal unit to monitor the delivery of important budget provisions.
These units must be made up of qualified people to check on delivery and reaches targeted groups as fast as possible.
The ordinary citizens, on their part, must be the eyes and ears and use their “rakyat power” well.
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