He said money would not be spent unnecessarily, and allocations would be used for the needy.
“It is time for us to check our expenditures and allocate budget for more important matters, such as the development of the people, education and safety.
“We need to put the needs of the public first, instead of spending lavishly,” he told reporters at Dewan Besar Felcra Seberang Perak near here Sunday (June 2).
Ahmad Faizal said instead of using the budget on less important matters, the state must prioritise the needy.
“For an example, we spent RM30mil annually for the Perak Football Association (PAFA), while we spent RM22mil to help over 17,000 Perakians under our Perak Prihatin Card.
“We are now trying to prioritise our focus, and help the people who require aid,” he added.
During the event, Ahmad Faizal handed about RM260,000 to some 1,031 families in Seberang Perak to lessen their burden in view of the coming Hari Raya Aidilfitri celebration.
“I must first thank my two state exco members, Asmuni Awi and Hasnul Zulkarnain Abd Munaim, for informing us of the condition of these families during our weekly meeting.
“If it wasn’t for them, I wouldn’t know about their problems.
“I was told that the amount of padi harvested in the village was affected due to the drought season.
“We have already received several suggestions and will consider the best option to help the villagers,” he added.
The families also received groceries such as rice, cooking oil, milk and other necessities.
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