March 18, 2018
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Perak Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Zambry Abd Kadir tabling the state’s Budget 2018. ― Picture by Farhan NajibPerak Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Zambry Abd Kadir tabling the state’s Budget 2018. ― Picture by Farhan NajibIPOH, Nov 21 — The Perak state government has announced that each state civil servant will get RM500 in special financial aid, in addition to RM1,500 previously announced by Putrajaya.

Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Zambry Abd Kadir (BN ― Pangkor) said the aid will also be extended to I’dadi, Thanawi teachers, Islamic kindergarten teachers, temporary officers and teachers.

“All Kafa, Takmir teachers, Imam, Bilal, Siak, village chiefs and tok batin, who will be getting RM1,500 from the federal government, will have extra RM500 from the state to show our appreciation to them,” he said.

When presenting the state’s budget for 2018 at the assembly here today, Zambry said RM1,000 would be paid next month and another RM1,000 would be paid during Hari Raya Aidilfitri next year.

“This special payment will cost the state RM22 million,” he said.

To help with the people’s rising cost of living, Zambry said Perak would launch the Karnival Kedai Bergerak 1Amanjaya in each district from next year.

To be held monthly, the carnival will be opened to all.

Zambry said this initiative would see participation from agencies such as the Federal Agricultural Marketing Authority (Fama) and the Fisheries Development Authority of Malaysia (LKIM).

“This (Karnival Kedai Bergerak 1Amanjaya) will complement the Kedai Bergerak 1Amanjaya (KB1AJ),” he said, adding that the state increased its allocation for Kedai Bergerak 1Amanjaya from RM750,000 this year to RM2 million next year.

In a budget themed “Rakyat Aman dan Jaya”, Perak is proposing to spend RM1.176 billion with RM755.6 million for operating expenditure and RM421.3 million for developments.

In an immediate response, state Opposition Leader Datuk Seri Mohammad Nizar Jamaluddin (Amanah ― Changkat Jering) said the budget failed to address the real issues in the state.

He said the budget did not show any new revenue sources.

“Zambry mentioned around eight or nine individuals who benefited from the state’s activities, and we welcome that. But hundreds of thousands around the state are still suffering.

“The people want costs of living to be lowered and this is what the budget should address. During this sitting, we will expose the flaws in this budget for the people to see,” he said.

Kepayang assemblyman Nga Kor Ming called the budget “highly misleading”, claiming that Zambry’s budget surplus was not true, as the state had recorded a RM124-million deficit in 2017.

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