1) ADDITIONAL REVENUE SOURCES TO BE UNVEILED
KUCHING: The Chief Minister has identified diverse revenue streams for the state so as not to become overly reliant on any one funding source.
Datuk Patinggi Abang Zohari Tun Abang Haji Openg, however is not revealing the revenue sources just yet, preferring to announce these sources in the State Legislative Assembly sitting at the end of the year.
Affirming on Sarawak’s firm and strong financial standing, Abang Zohari said, Sarawakians can look forward to his upcoming budget speech as he has something in store to increase the state’s revenue.
He said this at the Yayasan Sarawak Gawai Raya celebration in Kuching yesterday.
On Yayasan Sarawak, Abang Zohari lauded the foundation’s programmes for the community and has fulfilled his promise to help the students to return home during festive seasons through the RM300 incentive twice a year.
2) SALE TAX FOR PETROLEUM PRODUCTS STAYS 5%
KUCHING: Sarawak Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Zohari Tun Abang Haji Openg today insisted that Sarawak would not review the sales tax for petroleum products.
According to him, all industry players have explained a 5 per cent tax on petroleum products except for a firm that is still negotiating with the state government on the matter.
Highlighting on the rights of the state government to impose sales tax on petroleum products in the state, Abang Zohari said, it is considered a crime to disobey the law imposed by the state.
He said this in his keynote address at the launch of the Malaysian PwC Office in Kuching today.
3) ORDINANCE AMENDMENTS TO BE DISCUSSED NEXT YEAR
KUCHING: Amendments on the Sarawak Building Ordinance (SBO) 1994 will likely be discussed in next year’s State Legislative Assembly sitting.
This, was announced by Local Government and Housing Ministry permanent secretary Bakrie Zaini at a press conference after a one and a half day workshop aimed to review the 25-year-old ordinance.
Bakrie said, the issuance of occupation permit (OP) will be revisited as the ministry has received two cases of OP issuance to the person’s name instead of the building.
One case that was presented to the ministry involved an OP issued by a council under the landowner to a bankrupt developer whereby the original land owner was granted custody of the development and completed it by themselves.
This angered the developer, leading them to accuse the council on integrity aspect and collusion.
Therefore, Bakrie said updates are needed to adapt to the current scenario.
In response to the question regarding the construction and purchasing cost, Bakrie said the costs will not be affected and the process will instead be simplified since everything will be digitalised in the future.