Hornbill Unleashed

February 6, 2018

Sarawak toys with new ways to raise funds for development

Filed under: Politics — Hornbill Unleashed @ 8:02 AM

Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Openg said the state was empowered to explore additional methods to generate income, including imposing a sales tax, as long as these were consistent with both the state and federal constitutions.— Picture by Sulok TawieThe state government is reviewing provisions in the state and country’s constitutions to discover ways it can expand its revenue streams, Chief Minister (CM) Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Openg said today.

He said the state was empowered to explore additional methods to generate income, including imposing a sales tax, as long as these were consistent with both the state and federal constitutions.

“But we do not want to do this because the people are already paying the Goods and Services Tax (GST), so we have to find ways and means to raise more money,” he said at the opening of the national Customs directors conference here.

He explained that Sarawak was a geographically expansive state and consequently needed additional funds for development, especially in the rural areas.

Citing the state’s planned water grid system as example, the chief minister said it would cost Sarawak several billion ringgit to implement.

Abang Johari said even the first phase of the water grid — to source raw water from the Batang Ai dam in Lubok Antu, Sri Aman Division — was already more than RM1 billion.

The chief minister said his Cabinet have consequently begun studying other potential sources of new revenue.

“This year, we (Sarawak) have been independent for 55 years, through the formation of Malaysia, and yet many villages and longhouses still do not have clean water supplied to their homes,” he said.


Source : The Malay Mail Online by Sulok Tawie


 

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