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Sabah and S’wak get 60% of rural development funds

Posted on: Saturday, November 20, 2021

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Kuala Lumpur: Sabah and Sarawak received 60pc of the allocation for rural development and 85pc of the amount allocated for the upgrading of dilapidated schools from the 2022 budget, apart from an additional 500 million RM for the implementation of small-scale projects. ladder there. Finance Minister Tengku Zafrul Aziz said the allocations proved claims that the federal government marginalized the two states in the last national budget were false. Further commenting on the additional RM500 million for the two states, the finance minister said the money would be used for road works, tourist infrastructure, repair of rural social amenities, modernization of health facilities and micro-credit for small and medium enterprises (SMEs) there, among others.

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“First of all, Sabah and Sarawak received more than 20% of state development spending, or 48.8 billion ringgit,” he said during the closing debate on the draft. supply law 2022 to Parliament. He pointed out that the two states received the highest amount from the federal government with a total allocation of 2.43 billion RM, or more than 30%, with Sabah receiving 1.16 billion RM and Sarawak 1.27. billion RM. “Almost 1.8 billion ringgit out of a total of 8.2 billion ringgit, or more than 20 pc of the allocation for Bantuan Keluarga Malaysia are intended for beneficiaries of Sabah and Sarawak, and monthly social assistance to the community also includes 20 pc of the allocation for beneficiaries nationwide, “he added. According to the finance minister, in terms of spending for the operations of government departments, Sabah was the second beneficiary while Sarawak was the fourth, and among the development projects was the RM 2 billion Pan Borneo highway.

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In addition, Ringgit 649 million or 85% of the dilapidated school upgrading allocation was intended for 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 Sarawak received only 3% of total spending is puzzling and false. The allocation of RM 9.8 billion is for Sabah and Sarawak development spending only, and does not include operational spending.
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