RM517.6 million in additional funds for the state’s expenditure this yearKUCHING: The State Legislative Assembly has passed the Supplementary Supply (2013) Bill, 2014 of RM517.6 million in additional funds for the state’s expenditure this year.
The expenses will cater for the government’s Second Supplementary Estimates of Ordinary Expenditure for 2013 totalling RM91,691,127, Second Supplementary Estimates of Development Expenditure 2013 (RM58,933,896) and First Supplementary Estimates of Development Expenditure for 2014 amounting to RM367,001,500.
Second Minister of Finance Dato Sri Wong Soon Koh who tabled the Bill on the fourth day of the State Legislative Assembly (DUN) sitting yesterday said: “The second supplementary estimates of ordinary expenditure had sought approval for an additional expenditure of RM91 million incurred by various ministries and departments in 2013, for which the funds were not provided or insufficiently provided for in last year’s estimation.
“The First Supplementary Estimates of Ordinary Expenditure, 2013 amounting RM851 million was approved by the DUN in the 2013 sitting. Out of the approved amount, RM750 million was for Statutory Funds for development purpose, RM31 million to cater for salary adjustment for members of Administration and DUN, and RM69 million for additional salary increment and bonus payment for civil service.”
Wong who is also Minister of Local Government and Community Development mentioned that the amount required has been vired from savings or advanced from Contingencies Fund.
The Second Supplementary Estimates of Development Expenditure, 2013 however sought approval for an additional expenditure of RM58 million to cover additional expenses incurred by the various ministries and departments in 2013.
Among the additional heads were public utilities (RM21,353,594), resource planning and environment (RM3,309,069), public finance (RM25,981,000), planning development (RM4,600,000), K-Society (Knowledge Society) development (RM2,790,143), forestry (RM800,000) and tourism (RM100,000).
The Bawang Assan assemblyman explained that the First Supplementary Estimates of Development Expenditure, 2013 approved in the last May sitting totalled RM263,733,874.
The additional amount was to meet urgent requirements in carrying out development programmes and projects by various ministries.
The Ministry of Infrastructure Development and Communications was allocated RM27 million, Public Utilities Ministry (RM129,970,778), Industrial Development Ministry (RM6,360,000), Rural Development Ministry (RM37,671,496), Social Development Ministry (RM32 million), Tourism Ministry (RM2 million) and the State Financial Secretary (RM30,731,600).
Touching on the First Supplementary Estimates of Development Expenditure, 2014, Wong said the RM367 million was to meet requirements of various ministries.
A total of RM23,859,000 is required by the Public Utilities Ministry for the implementation of various water supply projects throughout the state while the Resource Planning and Environment Ministry needs RM10 million for the implementation of sewerage project in Miri.
The State Financial Secretary requires RM209.8 million of which RM13.3 million will be channelled to Sarawak Land Consolidation and Rehabilitation Authority (Salcra) for the implementation of palm oil projects in various divisions and RM10 million for Yayasan Sarawak to upgrade and refurbish its youth development training centre.
A further RM86.7 million is required by Bintulu Development Authority to acquire land at the Samalaju Industrial Park Extension Phase III, RM7.5 million for the upgrading and refurbishment work of the Kuching North City Commission (DBKU) headquarters and RM92.3 million for minor rural projects.
In addition, the State Secretary Department requires RM2.12 million to implement its ‘1Government at your service’ project. The Social Development Ministry needs RM10 million to implement an indoor stadium project at the old Sibu airport site while RM3.5 million will go to the Welfare, Women and Family Development Ministry for the reconstruction of Rumah Seri Kenangan in Kuching.
“RM107,645,750 is required by the Housing Ministry, out of which, RM97,423,473 is for the Darul Hana Development project. A further RM10,224,277 is for the Kampung Dato redevelopment project,” Wong continued.
Dato Sri Michael Manyin Jawong (BN-Tebedu) seconded the three motions.