Perak tables budget with record deficit


AFTER being postponed for almost two weeks, the Perak government yesterday finally tabled its 2021 budget themed, “Perak Negeri Berdaya Tahan, Mampan dan Inklusif” with a total allocation of RM1.22 billion.

The new Mentri Besar Datuk Saarani Mohamad said with a deficit of RM154 million, it is also the largest deficit in the state’s history.

Saarani, who took his oath of office on Dec 10, said the budget allocates RM785.1 million as operating expenditure and RM430 million for development expenditure.

He said the budget is based on the projected development expenditure of RM1.22 billion and development revenue and receipts of RM1.06 billion, comprising tax revenue (RM598.7 million), non-tax revenue (RM248.4 million), non-revenue receipts (RM185.6 million) and development receipts (RM28.4 million).

“For 2021, RM430 million has been allocated for development expenditure and RM785.1 million for operating expenditure, which includes emoluments (RM382.9 million), services and supplies (RM288.8 million), acquisition of assets (RM6.2 million), grants and fixed charges (RM100.2 million) and other expenses (RM7.1 million),” he said when tabling the budget at the State Assembly sitting in Ipoh yesterday.

Saarani said the budget focused on generating balanced economic growth, emphasising on social justice and ensuring the wellbeing of the people while effectively steering the sustainability of resources and environment, and driving the modernisation and digitalisation of institutions to provide the best and clean service delivery system nationwide.

He said the Perak government will also focus on the initiatives to improve public infrastructure, hence, the allocation of RM290.4 million given to the Public Work Department (RM198.8 million), Drainage and Irrigation Department (RM113.3 million) and another RM2 million for preliminary work.

For housing, Saarani said RM26.7 million is allocated to the Perak Housing and Property Board for the development of Rancangan Perkampungan Tersusun infrastructure, as well as affordable houses under the Rumah Perakku programme.