Budget 2021 will help M’sians face Covid-19, says Abang Johari

Posted on : 06 Nov 2020  Source of News: The Borneo Post

Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg. – File photo

KUCHING (Nov 6): Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg is satisfied with the 2021 national budget tabled this morning, pointing out that it provided the people with much needed help in dealing with the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic.

“I thank the federal government under the Prime Minister’s leadership for helping the people in facing Covid-19,” he said when met at the Kenyalang Journalism Awards 2020 here tonight.

He added that the budget also gave many incentives to people who were affected by the pandemic.

Finance Minister Tengku Datuk Seri Zafrul Tengku Abdul Aziz had announced a slew of allocations and programmes in Budget 2021 to aid the government’s continuous effort to fight back Covid-19 and help people who are suffering as a result of the pandemic.

Abang Johari also thanked the federal government for the RM4.5 billion allocation to the state to improve infrastructure, health and education facilities here, and allocation for native customary rights land perimeter survey.

Meanwhile, Senior Works Minister Datuk Seri Fadillah Yusof said in a Bernama report that the Budget proved the government’s commitment to continuing with the Pan Borneo Highway in Sabah and Sarawak, including the 21-km Serusop to Pituru package which was considered a ‘missing link’ in the project.

“The Budget also encourages the use of technology in the construction sector, in line with the ministry’s aspiration to ‘Digitise the National Construction Sector’ beginning in 2021,” he added.

In another immediate reaction to the proposed budget, Tourism, Arts and Culture Minister Datuk Seri Nancy Shukri said it would indirectly enable more parties to contribute to the growth of the tourism, arts and culture industry.

She also said it enabled her ministry to plan more sustainable and competitive strategies in revitalising the industry.