MB: Budget not planned and implemented based on race or district

KUANTAN: All state revenues will be banked into the State Consolidated Fund before the money is channelled for administration and development expenditure, Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Adnan Yaakob said.

Adnan (BN-Pelangai) said the state budget was not planned and implemented based on race or district.

He said all development projects were carried out with the aim to narrow the gap between rural and urban areas.

“Distribution of development projects is based on just and fair principles in which all levels of society stand to gain.

“Our main objectives are to look after the people’s welfare, to enhance living standards and public safety,” he said in his reply to an oral question from Syed Mohammed Tuan Lonnik (PAS-Beserah) during the one-day state assembly sitting on Monday.

Adnan said Pahang set aside funds to help the poor, single parents and those suffering from chronic diseases, in addition to study loans for all levels, from the primary to tertiary.

He said for this year, the state government allocated a budget of RM925.27mil.

“Of that amount, RM560.47mil is for administration expenses and the balance is for development.

“Last year, the state budget amounted to nearly RM900.15mil of which RM517.40mil was used for administration purposes and the rest for development,” he said.

Earlier, state Local Government, Environment and Health Committee chairman Datuk Hoh Khai Mun (BN- Bilut) said that up to July 19, a total of 363 public talks had been conducted statewide to create awareness among the public on the A (H1N1) flu.

Hoh said other information dissemination measures namely radio announcements (146 times), exhibitions (749), distribution of leaflets (122,607) and posters (5,986) were also carried out.

“We are screening visitors entering Pahang via Kuantan airport, TUDM airport, Kuantan Port, navy base and Tioman airport.

“Out of 9,724 visitors screened, only seven were suspected cases but they were later cleared of the illness,” he said in reply to a question from Datuk Shahaniza Shamsuddin (BN-Kuala Sentul) on the measures adopted by Health Department to check the spread of the A flu.

Hoh said all frontliners and health department staff attending to A flu patients were required to wear safety equipment.

He said patients who were confirmed with the illness would be treated in isolation wards so that they would not infect other patients.

“We then trace and impose a seven-day home quarantine on those who had come into contact with confirmed patients,” he said adding that up to last Sunday, Pahang recorded a total of 257 confirmed A flu cases, of which 12 were imported while the remaining were local transmissions.

“So far, there are no reports of any A flu cases in Cameron Highlands and Jerantut districts,” he added.

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