Bung backs Sabah Budget 2022 to help people get back on their feet post-pandemic

KOTA KINABALU: Sabah Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Seri Bung Moktar Radin (pic) has backed the state Budget 2022, saying that it is a step in the right direction to help the people affected by the Covid-19 pandemic to get back on their feet again.

The Sabah Barisan Nasional and state Umno chief said that the overall thrust of the budget tabled by Chief Minister Datuk Seri Hajiji Noor was to improve the state's economy to be fully able to meet the challenges in the post-pandemic era.

"I welcome several announcements in the budget presentation this time and I also support the Chief Minister. I am confident we will be able to manage the Sabah economy well into the future," said Bung in a statement on Saturday (Dec 4).

He said the surplus RM4.596bil Budget 2022 tabled on Friday (Dec 3) by Hajiji, who is also state Finance Minister, would definitely put in place measures to improve the state economy while reducing people's burden from the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Bung, who is also state Works Minister, said he was optimistic more funding would be made available for his ministry in the future.

"I am confident that more allocations will be channelled with improved state revenue for more holistic infrastructure development in the future," he said, noting that the budget had a surplus of RM110.68mil.

Bung said that he would discuss this with the state Finance Ministry on measures and actions that could be taken to further improve the infrastructure in Sabah.

"We understand that more infrastructure development is needed for the state's road system, clean water supply, electricity supply, education among others," he added.

Bung, who is also Lamag assemblyman, said attention should also be given to several sectors including the agriculture sector as well as the tourism, culture and environment sector, Sabah's economic engines of growth.

"Demand for the agriculture sector has increased, while the price of goods has also risen.

"This sector was also affected during the Covid-19 pandemic, there must be focus on these sectors," he said.

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