RM887 mil­lion for devel­op­ment

> RM564 mil­lion for op­er­at­ing ex­pen­di­ture in RM1.45 bil­lion bud­get

The Sun (Malaysia) - - NEWS WITHOUT BORDERS - BY AARON NGUI

GE­ORGE TOWN: The Pe­nang gov­ern­ment yes­ter­day tabled a RM1.45 bil­lion bud­get for 2017 with the bulk of it go­ing for devel­op­ment pur­poses.

Chief Min­is­ter Lim Guan Eng said a sum of RM887 mil­lion was al­lo­cated for devel­op­ment and RM564.51 mil­lion for op­er­at­ing ex­pen­di­ture.

The es­ti­mated deficit is RM667.1 mil­lion com­pared to RM292.13 mil­lion in 2016 with rev­enue for next year es­ti­mated at RM687,413,100, he said when tabling the Sup­ply and Devel­op­ment En­act­ment 2017 in the state leg­isla­tive as­sem­bly.

“Even though the deficit for 2017 has in­creased, this will not af­fect our com­mit­ment to im­ple­ment devel­op­ment projects and so­cial as­sis­tance pro­grammes,” he added.

Lim also an­nounced a year-end half­month bonus for civil ser­vants in Pe­nang or a min­i­mum RM700 bonus pay­ment while those who have taken fewer than four days of sick leave as at Novem­ber 2016 are en­ti­tled to a fur­ther quar­ter-month bonus.

“The half-month bonus will in­volve 4,178 civil ser­vants and (a pay­out of RM4.19 mil­lion),” he said, adding RM786,000 is to be al­lo­cated to 1,502 KAFA teach­ers, 225 Seko­lah Ren­dah Agama Rakyat teach­ers, 185 Seko­lah Me­nen­gah Agama Rakyat teach­ers, pri­vate Chi­nese schools staff and 279 Tah­fiz, TADIS and Guru Pon­dok teach­ers.

The state ad­min­is­tra­tion al­lo­cated RM220 mil­lion for flood mit­i­ga­tion mea­sures where RM150 mil­lion goes to the state Drainage and Ir­ri­ga­tion Depart­ment (DID) for its nine projects, with the largest be­ing a RM19.1 mil­lion project in Padang Lalang and Kam­pung Per­matang Rawa.

Lim said RM50 mil­lion will be used by the Pe­nang Wa­ter Sup­ply Corp (PBAPP) to build a pipe to de­liver wa­ter from the Air Itam Dam to the Teluk Ba­hang Dam. The Pe­nang Is­land City Coun­cil will also be al­lo­cated RM11.61 mil­lion for sev­eral flood mit­i­ga­tion mea­sures in­clud­ing in Hilir Sun­gai Pi­nang and Parit Lumba Kuda while the Se­berang Perai Mu­nic­i­pal Coun­cil will be al­lo­cated RM9.45 mil­lion for mon­soon drains, re­ten­tion ponds and pump houses main­te­nance.

Lim said the as­sess­ment tax ex­emp­tion for res­i­dents of low-cost, low-medium cost and vil­lage houses will con­tinue in 2017 and a 6% dis­count on as­sess­ment tax on all prop­erty, in­clud­ing com­mer­cial prop­er­ties, will come into ef­fect next year.

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