SEREMBAN: The Negri Sembilan state assembly passed an additional RM9.06mil in administration and development expenditure for 2003 without much debate.
In tabling the motion at the House, Mentri Besar Tan Sri Mohamed Isa Abdul Samad said of the amount, RM2mil was allocated under the development expenditure for community service programmes and RM200,000 for tourism projects.
Isa said the remaining RM6.86mil was meant for administration expenditure.
Among the expenses will be the purchase of two official vehicles for the State Ruler, paying of utility bills and landscaping work at Institusi Tahfiz Al-Quran, Gemencheh, and purchasing 20 multimedia sets for teachers to teach science and mathematics.
Earlier during the debate, Datuk Lee Yuen Fong (BN - Temiang) urged the state government to increase the amount for tourism-related activities as the RM200,000 allocated was not sufficient.
There are two almost 140-year-old temples in Jalan Temiang and Jalan Rasah which attract a large number of locals and foreign tourists especially during festive seasons.
The state government should consider giving assistance to beautify and maintain such places of worship as philanthropists are the ones contributing all this while, he said.
He also urged the Government to set up two institutions to look after the handicapped and mentally retarded citizens.
Citing an example, he said, an 85-year-old grandmother in Jalan Limbok was at wits' end having to take care of her two children, aged 45 and 47, who were mentally retarded.
On a lighter note, Isa said there were no reported cases of Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) in the state so far but had four religious schools listed as Sekolah Agama Rakyat (SAR).
Later, the Religious School Control 2003 (amended) Enactment was approved together with the First Additional Supply 2003 enactment.
The assembly adjourned sine die.