Perak state budget unanimously approved at assembly

IPOH: The Perak state budget for 2021 was unanimously approved at the legislative assembly on Friday (Dec 18).

The budget was presented by Mentri Besar Datuk Saarani Mohamad (pic).

From the RM1.2bil budget, RM430mil has been allocated for expenditure development and RM785.1mil for management costs.

In his winding-up speech, Saarani said the budget had been planned after taking into account the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic.

“The projects and programmes planned for next year will emphasise economic recovery, as well as a focus on reducing the impact faced by various sectors and groups, ” he said.

Saarani added that the state government would also develop a long term plan to revive the post-Covid-19 economy.

He said a 10-year plan (2021-2030) would emphasise sustainability and inclusive development to revive the economy.

“The plan would be refined at Federal and state government agencies so that a holistic long-term development plan can be prepared and used as a guide.

“The emphasis on the implementation of high-impact projects will provide economic overflow to the state, as well as affordable housing projects for the B40 group, ” he added.

Saarani was replying to Tan Kar Hing (PKR- Simpang Pulai), who had suggested that the state government create a long term plan or policy for a holistic and comprehensive approach for certain sectors in the state.

Saarani also said that a study on the Perak Industrial Development Plan (P3) would be conducted to identify the types of service industries and potential projects that could be brought to the state.

He said the development plan was drafted in July and is expected to be completed by the middle of next year.

“Strategic projects such as the Silver Valley Technology Park in Khantan and the Glove City Project in Bidor have been identified, ” he added.

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