SHAH ALAM, Mar 29 – Selangor will not present a supplementary budget for 2017, said Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Mohamed Azmin Ali. He said in principle, the state government has decided not to have a supplementary budget, and this principle will be (held).
“When we tabled our budget in the state assembly last year, we immaculately arranged and planned the projected budget required for the following year,” he said during the state legislative assembly today. Mohamed Azmin was replying to a question from Lau Weng San (DAP-Kampung Tunku) if there was a possibility for the state government to provide a supplementary budget to replace and repair old pipes in the state.
Lau had asked if the current RM324 million allocated for that purpose was sufficient, considering it was only meant for 84 locations, while noting additional sites needing repairs had since been identified. Mohamed Azmin said while he agreed old pipes needed to be replaced immediately, the issue was not whether there was sufficient funds, but whether Air Selangor, which is in charge of repairs and upgrading, had the capability and manpower to complete the works in time.
“When we discussed it with Air Selangor, there was a certain capacity to complete the replacement of old pipes for a certain stretch of kilometres, and that was the funds that was allocated. Besides the current locations, it is already our (intention) for the next phase, to ensure all other locations would be addressed,” he said.