Perak projects deficit budget, allocates RM11.8mil to all reps

Perak Menteri Besar Datuk Saarani Mohamad talking to the press members at Banquet hall on his first day in report to work.(11th December 2020) — RONNIE CHIN/The Star

IPOH: The state government will allocate a sum of RM11.8mil to be distributed to all state assemblymen.

During the tabling of the state budget for next year, Perak Mentri Besar Datuk Saarani Mohamad said all 59 state assemblymen will get RM200,000 each.

Saarani said the allocation was given following an instruction by Sultan of Perak Sultan Nazrin Muizzuddin Shah to find ways to lessen the tension and strife between politicians.

"The Sultan's care for his subjects is a guide for me and the administration to ensure that we are always fair and create harmony to fulfil the socio-economic needs of the people.

"We also agreed that all state assemblymen will be invited to the district action committee, focus group and disaster management meetings," he said when tabling the state budget for next year at the state assembly sitting on Wednesday (Dec 16).

"With this, we hope all the state representatives can perform their tasks and responsibilities effectively," he added.

During the tabling of the budget, Saarani said it was expected to be a RM154mil deficit budget for next year.

"The projected deficit is based on the forecast of a bleak economy due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

"As a responsible and committed state government, we will mobilise every effort to address the matter," he said.

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