JOHOR BARU: The Johor government has downplayed the issue that the state did not receive much "goodies" under Budget 2016, and is hopeful that some of the projects will be approved soon.
Mentri Besar Datuk Mohamed Khaled Nordin said that the state government was waiting for the full list of projects from the Finance Ministry and the Economic Planning Unit.
Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak had announced about several ongoing projects including the RM18bil funding for the Refinery and Petrochemical Integrated Development (RAPID) project in Pengerang, a new hospital in Pasir Gudang and a boarding school in Segamat during the Budget 2016 speech.
There were also no goodies for the mammoth growth corridor Iskandar Malaysia.
Mohamed Khaled said, "If not mentioned does not mean it has not been approved as many other states were also not mentioned in the speech such as Terengganu, Pahang and Penang."
He was hopeful that the Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) project would be approved and an announcement on it would be made later.
Mohamed Khaled was speaking to reporters during the launch of a lease and purchase scheme for 1,500 homes in Taman Cendana in Pasir Gudang Sunday.
Earlier at a different event, Mohamed Khaled said the state government acknowledged the contributions of the Chinese in developing Johor, and urged the community not to be taken in by the extreme views of certain people.
He said the state government believed that the Chinese were also the citizens of this country just like the others, including the Malays and Indians.
"We need to be always united to be able to overcome any problem.
"Without the cooperation and hard work from all races, we will not be where we are today," he said during the prize giving ceremony for the best short film themed Saya Anak Malaysia at Southern University College here.
He also said that the state government would continue to assist Chinese schools and had so far channelled some RM3mil for its development.