Tuesday, July 14

PAS: RM4.4 bln devt allocation for Sarawak not what it should be


MIRI: Parti Islam Se-Malaysia (PAS) Sarawak is disappointed with the allocations given to Sarawak under Budget 2020, especially the amount slated for development, says its information chief Zharudin Narudin.

He said the RM4.4 billion development allocation for Sarawak represented only 7.8 per cent of the RM56 billion total development allocation – far less than the 30 per cent promised by Pakatan Harapan (PH) in its election manifesto last year.

Additionally, he said the budget presented last Friday made no mention of returning 50 per cent tax revenue collected in Sarawak to the state, as promised in the manifesto.

“Why is Sarawak only getting 7.8 per cent of the total development allocation of RM56 billion?

“If combined, Sarawak and Sabah are only getting 17 per cent, which is far from the 30 per cent promised in the PH (Pakatan Harapan) manifesto,” he said in a statement yesterday.

On the increase of the special grant to Sabah and Sarawak as provided under Section 112D of the Federal Constitution, Zharudin said in view of the rate not having been reviewed since 1969, PAS Sarawak wanted Putrajaya to revise the grant from 1969 to 2019, instead of starting from next year.

“We (PAS Sarawak) are committed to speaking out against this budget together with our opposition partners, to ensure that Sarawakians are not fooled by PH and DAP (Democratic Action Party),” he said.