A budget of RM10.136 billion budget has been approved for 2022, said Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg, Sarawak Chief Minister.
The focus of this 2022 budget is to help the people and Sarawak economy to recover from the Covid-19 pandemic.
With the estimated 2022 revenue of RM10.036 billion and expenditure of RM10.646 billion, the state's 2022 Budget is expected to incur a deficit of RM610 billion.
Some of the highlights of the approved budgets are:
- Housing Deposit Assistance Scheme (up to RM10,000) to help B40 and M40 groups make homeownership deposit payment;
- RM285.47 million allocated under Bantuan Khas Sarawakku Sayang (BKSS) 8.0;
- Electricity and water bill subsidies until June 2022;
- 50% HDC rental discount or waivers for GLC premises including market stall rental, etc.;
- A one-off grant of RM500 to boat operators, taxi, school bus and van drivers;
- A bonus of one and a half months for civil servants and RM500 for federal civil servants.
For entrepreneurs, business owners:
- RM10 million to help Bumiputera business associations through Bumiputera Business Empowerment Fund;
- A one-off special grant of RM20 million to assist Sarawak Business Federation and its 15 affiliates to organise capacity building and enterprise development programs;
- A one-off grant of RM1,000 for small stall operators via Sarawak Pay;
- RM15 million for fisheries and RM60 million for palm oil and pepper farm operators;
- RM25.1 million to facilitate the recovery of businesses, SMEs and micro-entrepreneurs through interest subsidy schemes under Special Relief Facility, Targeted Relief and Recovery Facility and Penjana Financing;
- RM24.5 million for entrepreneurship programs, Sarawak micro-credit scheme. Skim Pinjaman Industri Kecil and Sederhana, Go Digital Program and Digital Marketing program.
More to come.