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Zambry Slams Opposition Over Allegations On 2015 Budget Deficit

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IPOH – Perak Menteri Datuk Seri Dr Zambry Abdul Kadir today hit out at the opposition over various allegations made on the budget deficit for next year, including claims that the state government was poor at managing the state’s finances.

He said although the state government had tabled a budget deficit of RMRM50.06 million, it would end up in surplus.

“In the six times I had tabled a budget deficit, we had never reached a point where we were forced to borrow from the federal government to bear the deficit. Until now (the state government’s) budget deficit has ended in surplus,” he said when winding up the debate on the Perak State Budget 2015 at the state assembly sitting, here, today.

He also expressed regret over an opposition assemblyman’s claim that the state government was not good at managing its finances and that there were no new resources to increase the state’s revenue.

He said proactive measures were being taken as more funds were needed to bear the increasing management costs, particularly in the public sector, he said.

Zambry said among the sources of revenue being reviewed were billboard advertising tax, underground water royalty, entertainment tax, business premises at the R&R areas along the highway, income from use of PLUS Berhad reserve land and forest land tax.

On Monday, the menteri besar tabled a state budget of RM1.05 billion for next year with RM707.81 allocated for management expenditure and RM342.71 million for development expenditure.

The estimated revenue to support the budget is RM1,000,457,000, resulting in a deficit of RM50.06 million.

The assembly approved the Perak State Budget 2015 after it was debated for five days by almost all the Barisan Nasional and opposition assemblymen.

It also passed the Perak Padi Planters Board Enactment (Dissolution) 2014. Speaker Datuk Seri S.K. Deevamany adjourned the state assembly sitting sine die.- BERNAMA

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