KOTA KINABALU: A total of 1,144 projects across various ministries with a total allocation of RM61.1 billion have been implemented in Sabah this year, says deputy finance minister Ahmad Maslan.
He said the number of projects was the highest compared to other states and has seen a significant increase from last year, which saw 1,048 projects with a budget of RM48.1 billion being implemented.
“Furthermore, Sabah received the highest development allocation this year, totalling RM6.5 billion compared to RM5.1 billion the previous year.
“We understand that this allocation is not enough for Sabah’s size, but it shows the unity government’s commitment to prioritising Sabah’s development.
“It’s very likely that Sabah will receive a significant allocation in the 2024 budget,” he told reporters after opening a dialogue session on the budget here today.
The 2024 budget focuses on infrastructure solutions involving roads, water supply, electricity, internet connectivity, dilapidated schools, clinics and police stations, Ahmad said.
Commenting on the dialogue, he said it was essential to ensure a thorough budget preparation that meets the aspirations of all groups and entities in Malaysia.
He said the first engagement session was held in Melaka on Aug 21, with the dialogue session conducted with federal and state departments, agencies, as well as industry players.
“Sabah is the fifth state involved in the engagement sessions.
“The finance ministry is also collecting proposals online through the 2024 budget proposal portal for public access from July 14 to Sept 14, 2023.
“With this approach, the government can directly gather input from the people regarding their aspirations for the 2024 budget,” Ahmad added.