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Azmin announces RM3bil budget for Selangor

SHAH ALAM: A sum of RM3.12bil has been allocated for the 2018 Selangor state budget.  

In announcing the budget on Friday (Nov 3), Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Azmin Ali said that from the amount, 53.2% (RM1.66bil) will go towards development while the remaining sum (RM1.46bil) will be allocated to cover administrative expenditure. 

Among the notable facets of the budget is the RM2mil allocated for the Smart Tahfiz Unisel programme which will make the SPM examination available to tahfiz students.

The state will also fully sponsor 2,000 Selangor youths to undergo skills training conducted by the Selangor Human Resource Development Centre (SHRDC), Strand Aerospace Malaysia and SST & Consultancy Academy.

"In 2017, the state government allocated RM28.5mil for higher education.

"Given that the higher education sector is crucial to the state's development, in 2018, the state government will increase the allocation for this to RM101.73mil," said Azmin.

A big portion of the allocation will go towards technical and vocational education and training (TVET), he said.

The state will also plant 22,400 trees throughout Selangor in 2018 to conserve the environment.

"The state government has allocated RM2.5mil to continue efforts to preserve biodiversity through awareness such as beautification of beaches, conservation of wildlife and tree planting," said Azmin.

Out of the RM1.46bil administrative expenditure allocation, the Mentri Besar's office will get RM1.2bil, the state Public Works Department, Irrigation will receive RM200mil while the Drainage and Irrigation Department and the Selangor Islamic Religious Department will get RM106mil each.
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