KUALA LUMPUR, November 18 – Sabah and Sarawak received 60 percent of the allocation for rural development and 85 percent of the amount allocated for the modernization of poor schools from the 2022 budget, except for an additional 500 million ringgit for the implementation of small-scale projects there.
Finance Minister Datuk Seri Tengku Zafrul Abdul Aziz said the allocations were not based on claims that the federal government marginalized the two states in the last national budget.
Further commenting on the additional allocation of 500 million ringgit for the two states, the finance minister said the money will be used for road works, tourist infrastructure, repair of rural social amenities, modernization of health establishments. health and microcredit for small and medium enterprises (SMEs) there, among others.
“First of all, Sabah and Sarawak receive over 20% of state development spending, amounting to RM 48.8 billion,” he said during the closing debate on the project. 2022 Appropriation Bill in Parliament today.
He pointed out that the two states received the highest amount from the federal government with a total allocation of 2.43 billion RM, more than 30 percent, with Sabah receiving 1.16 billion RM and Sarawak receiving 1.27 billion. by RM.
“Almost 1.8 billion ringgit out of a total of 8.2 billion ringgit, or more than 20% of the allocation for Bantuan Keluarga Malaysia is intended for beneficiaries of Sabah dan Sarawak, and monthly social assistance from the community at their disposal also included 20% of the beneficiaries. nationally, ”he added.
According to the Minister of Finance, in terms of spending for the operations of government departments, Sabah is the second largest state while Sarawak is the fourth, and among the development projects there is the $ 2 billion Pan Borneo Highway. RM.
In addition, Ringgit 649 million or 85 percent of the Poor School Modernization Allowance goes to Sabah and Sarawak, with the exception of Ringgit 20 million for the indigenous customary rights program there.
“This is proof that the government has not neglected or marginalized Sabah and Sarawak or any other state in its efforts to improve socio-economic development and achieve the Vision of Shared Prosperity in accordance with the spirit of Keluarga Malaysia “said Tengku Zafrul.
“The claim that Sabah and Sabah received only 3% of the total expenditure is confusing and false. The allocation of RM 9.8 billion is for Sabah and Sarawak development spending only, which does not include operational spending. – Bernama