Kedah Bud­get 2017 achieves lower deficit

> Re­al­is­tic, not ‘pie in sky’ says MB

The Sun (Malaysia) - - NEWS WITHOUT BORDERS -

ALOR STAR: Kedah tabled a bud­get of RM1.06 bil­lion for 2017, with a deficit of RM75.5 mil­lion com­pared to an es­ti­mated rev­enue col­lec­tion of RM734.7 mil­lion.

The bud­get, themed “To­gether Driv­ing the Econ­omy, Boost­ing the State’s Po­ten­tial”, tabled by Men­tri Be­sar Datuk Seri Ah­mad Bashah Md Ha­ni­pah, has al­lo­cated an op­er­at­ing ex­pen­di­ture of RM810.1 mil­lion and RM256.4 mil­lion for de­vel­op­ment.

“This bud­get dif­fers from Bud­get 2016 which had recorded a deficit of 14.9% (RM107.8 mil­lion); show­ing that Bud­get 2017 has suc­ceeded in re­duc­ing the deficit by 4.63%.

“In re­al­is­ing the aim of this bud­get, es­pe­cially in ful­fill­ing the ac­tual needs of the B-40 in­come group, thus the achiev­able tar­get of the es­ti­mated ex­pen­di­ture is at least 90% of over­all pro­jec­tion for 2017,” he said when tabling the bud­get at the State Leg­isla­tive Assem­bly sit­ting, here, yes­ter­day.

The bud­get is based on four main thrusts, namely rais­ing ef­fi­ciency and pru­dence in rev­enue spend­ing, adding value and ex­plor­ing the po­ten­tial of new econ­omy, boost­ing the peo­ple’s econ­omy and en­sur­ing the well-be­ing of its mul­tira­cial com­mu­nity through the right mea­sures.

Ah­mad Bashah also an­nounced a spe­cial pay­ment of RM500 each to the state’s 6,090 civil ser­vants in­volv­ing an al­lo­ca­tion of RM3.045 mil­lion which will be made at the end of this year.

Speak­ing to re­porters later, Ah­mad Bashah, who tabled his maiden bud­get af­ter tak­ing over as men­tri be­sar of Kedah, said it was not a a “pie in the sky” bud­get.

He added it was re­al­is­tic and achiev­able de­spite record­ing a RM75.5 mil­lion or 10.27% deficit.

His con­fi­dence was based on ef­fi­cient and ef­fec­tive rev­enue gen­er­a­tion and col­lec­tion as well as pru­dent spend­ing.

Asked on his achieve­ment in bring­ing down the deficit by 4.63%, he said he had stressed on rev­enue col­lec­tion and also de­ferred sev­eral pro­grammes that en­tailed very high costs. – Ber­nama

BERNAMAPIX

Ah­mad Bashah launched the Kedah Bud­get 2017 yes­ter­day.

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