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Tuesday, 17 January 2017

(The Star) Record year for revenue

Perak achieved a significant milestone after the state recorded collection of more than RM1bil in revenue last year.
The milestone was made even more encouraging by Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Dr Zambry Abd Kadir’s announcement of a budget surplus of RM4mil in 2016.
“For the first time, we have expenditure that exceeds RM1bil, and revenue of more than RM1bil as well.
“This is history,” he said in his speech during his New Year’s Address and Executive Talk to civil servants at the State Secretariat Building last Thursday.
At a separate press conference later, Zambry said this achievement was made possible due to the state’s increasingly effective collection of land taxes.
“I believe that the rakyat are also becoming more responsible in settling their land premiums, which is why almost all districts in Perak recorded a more than 90% successful collection rate.
“Outstanding land taxes are steadily decreasing and I hope this can be maintained or made better in the future,” he said.
Zambry also acknowledged that the achievement was made under challenging circumstances, considering the state’s economic outlook, activities and sectorial performance.
“But, it was all achieved based on long-term planning to ensure that we are able to collect the revenue we expect from relevant sectors and agencies.
“It is an achivement shared by all civil servants together and not only me,” he said.
Speaking on another matter, Zambry said the state is currently finalising its own report detailing household incomes and progress of economic growth in the state between 2009 and last year.
He said the report is being tabled not solely as a response to Khazanah Research Institute’s (KRI) The State of Households II report last year, but also for the state government to keep track of its progress more effectively.
“As KRI’s report was done on a national scale, sometimes, there are certain data resources and statistics used that are outdated.
“This makes it our responsibility to provide the latest data to be used as an accurate reference by various parties, especially those conducting research on this matter,” he said.
Zambry said the state’s own report, which is being prepared with help from independent consultanting agencies, is already in its final stages.
“Research is still being done in two areas in terms of household income. We can expect everything to be completed hopefully by the middle of this year,” he said.

Last September, certain quarters claimed that Perak had been named the second-poorest state in the country after KRI’s report stated that 81.1% of households in the state earned less than the national average of RM6,000 per month.