By Nazli Ibrahim
SHAH ALAM, Nov 7 — The deficit of RM133 million announced in the Belanjawan Selangor 200 (Selangor Budget 2020) can be lowered by the end of the year if all parties work hard in increasing the state revenue.
Menteri Besar Amirudin Shari said this was proven as the 2020 budget had shown that the state succeeded in reducing its deficit from RM360 million last year to RM133 million.
“During the incumbency of Datuk Seri Mohamed Azmin Ali, we had forecasted a deficit of RM900 million for the year 2017 but had instead recorded a deficit of RM400 million.
“The discipline within the state administration has to continue in order to see the success in lowering the deficit just as what we have done this year,” he said when winding up the debate on the Supply Bill 2020 at the state legislative assembly here today.
He said the budget deficit can be further reduced next year should everyone actively continue the momentum in increasing the revenue.
He said in 2009, the state administration had tabled a balanced budget but recorded a deficit by year-end.
“Even in 2013, the Selangor government had announced a balanced budget but in the end, we had a deficit of RM122 million,” he added.