KUALA TERENGGANU: The Sultan of Terengganu, Sultan Mizan Zainal Abidin, wants the state government to draw up and implement effective and comprehensive strategies to revive the state’s economy, which has been hard hit by the Covid-19 pandemic.
Sultan Mizan said he hoped the state’s budget for the coming years would focus on economic growth and recovery.
“Development projects need to be planned carefully to ensure the sustainability of economic growth and long-term needs.
“All expenditures made on one-off basis should be reviewed according to the current financial position and commitment of the state government,” he said when opening the fourth term of the 14th state assembly at Wisma Darul Iman here yesterday.
The text of Sultan Mizan’s speech was read out by Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Samsuri Mokhtar.
The Ruler also urged the state government to pay serious attention to developing the agricultural sector and hoped that programmes and incentives for farmers, livestock breeders and fishermen could be continued with improvements made.
The state government, he said, should also continue to help those under the small and medium enterprises (SMEs), like providing them with financial support and business premises or facilities so that they could keep their businesses going.
“The SMEs are among the sectors affected by the movement control. Many night market and farmers’ market traders, restaurant operators and others have lost their source of income, are forced to close their businesses or have lost their jobs,” he added.
Sultan Mizan advised the state government, with the collaboration of various state and Federal Government agencies, such as the Terengganu State Economic Development Corporation, Terengganu Incorporated Sdn Bhd and Terengganu State Heritage Trust Board, to attract new investments.
In another development, Sultan Mizan said he hoped the management of Covid-19 vaccinations in Terengganu could be intensified so that the state could achieve herd immunity by the end of the year or before the northeast monsoon season.
“I also hope that stricter action is taken to ensure that the SOP set by the National Security Council and the Health Ministry is adhered to so that the spread of new cases could be curbed in an open economic sector,” he added. — Bernama