Selangor 2021 budget allocates over RM360mil to digitalisation, says MB

SHAH ALAM: Selangor’s 2021 budget emphasises digitalisation in line with the new norms due to the Covid-19 pandemic, says Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Amirudin Shari.

He said this was why the budget, which was unveiled last Friday (Oct 30), allocated more than RM360mil towards digitalisation to help turn Selangor into a smart state by 2025.

He added that encouraging digitalisation was the state’s response to the Covid-19 pandemic which had changed many things.

“When we counter Covid-19, we counter it with digitalisation because that is the reality of the situation.

“We cannot merely respond with handouts and temporary measures," said Amirudin in his winding up speech on Thursday (Nov 5) at the state assembly.

He said there was a necessity for digitalisation as there was a need to change the way things were being done.

“We have to be prepared for the new norm, which is working from home, conducting meetings through zoom and interacting online.

“These are the important things we have to understand," said Amirudin.

Besides understanding life changes due to the pandemic, digitalisation would also help to formulate and structure the best ways to continue with life while facing the challenges that came with the Covid-19 pandemic, he said.

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