BUKIT MERTAJAM, January 24 – The Prime Minister, Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim admitted that Penang, Sabah and Sarawak were marginalized to obtain appropriate allocations from the Federal Government in the previous budget presentation. He said, the complaints of the state government leadership regarding the matter will be given attention by him despite the constraints in terms of income and expenditure.

“It is true that Penang has been marginalized in terms of allocation and when I go to Sabah and Sarawak there is indeed a big shortage there. “For Penang it involves large structures while in Sabah and Sarawak small infrastructures including clinics, hospitals, housing for the poor, poor schools and this is what we will focus on,” he said when met by the media after attending the people’s feast at Galeri Pejuang, Cherok Tok Kun is here on Monday.

Previously, the Chief Minister of Penang, Chow Kon Yeow was reported to have said that Penang is often marginalized and is the second lowest state to receive Budget 2022 allocations from the Federal government. Kon Yeow said that the action was inappropriate when compared to the total contribution of the Penang state government to the Gross Domestic Product (GDP).

Anwar previously said that the 2023 Budget that will be presented again on February 24 will not be bound by the budget presented by the previous government in October 2022. However, he said, the suggestions made in the previous budget plan will still be taken into account in the new 2023 Budget figures.