Pandemic catalyst behind Selangor's 2022 budget, says MB


SHAH ALAM: The Covid-19 pandemic is one of the catalysts behind the formulation of Selangor’s 2022 state budget, says Datuk Seri Amirudin Shari (pic)

He added that the 2022 Budget also had a larger deficit of RM293mil in comparison to 2021’s deficit of RM123mil.

At a press conference after presenting the budget, the Selangor Menteri Besar said this was because the state was expecting lower revenue in 2022 as opposed to 2021.

He however added that the state had reserves which could be used to counter crises, such as the one created by the Covid-19 pandemic.

Earlier in the day, Amirudin said when tabling his RM2.34bil 2022 budget that the deficit was based on the state’s projected income of RM2.1bil and estimated expenses of RM2.32bil.

He added that the deficit was higher when compared to 2021 because of preparation to provide a substantive development allocation to strengthen the state’s economic drives post-Covid-19.

Amirudin also said the higher deficit was also to build a state that can withstand various challenges.

Out of the RM2.34bil, 52% or RM1.22bil would go towards administrative expenses whilst the balance of RM1.12bil would be spent on development.

Amirudin’s 2022 budget also came with five core thrusts; spurring high impact economic growth and increasing delivery efficiency, developing a caring society and social well-being, strengthening Selangor’s public health agenda, creating a green environment and sustainable development and finally optimising smart technology and digitalization.

On the first thrust, Amirudin said the state government had crafted several initiatives to mend and strengthen the state’s economy which has been impacted by the pandemic.

"Focus will be given to high-impact programmes that will bring multiple positive effects on Selangor’s economic chain and for these efforts RM416.156mil has been allocated in this budget," said Amirudin.

He added that the initiative would also enhance the ease of doing business in the state.

"To increase Selangor’s lure as a main choice for local and foreign investments, the state government will simplify methods of conducting business, especially in terms of planning approval, the building plan and the infrastructure plan," said Amirudin.

He added that Selangor would also give an exemption initiative of 100% to the development charge of RM500 for the construction of affordable homes to encourage the building of such homes for the masses.

The initiative was scheduled to be in force from Jan 1, 2022 to Dec 31, 2023, he added.

On the political front, Amirudin said in order to emphasise the best interest of the masses, government and Opposition assemblymen would receive the same amount of allocations to service their constituents.

Amirudin said that the allocation for Opposition assemblymen would be increased to RM400,000 for 2022 compared to the current RM150,000.

"Independent assemblymen who support the state government will receive an increase of up to RM500,000 in 2022," said Amirudin.

He added that Opposition MPs would also receive RM50,000 each for the purpose of managing their offices.

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