By Zareef Muzammil
SHAH ALAM, Aug 6 — The implementation of the First Selangor Plan (RS-1) which acts as the state’s five-year development framework has taken into account current situations.
Menteri Besar Dato’ Seri Amirudin Shari said the factors include the post-Covid-19 pandemic economy, the gross domestic product (GDP), climate change and the war between Ukraine and Russia.
He explained that the state’s economic sector needs to be revitalised after being hit badly by the pandemic two years ago.
“After the pandemic, we find that there is a need for it (RS-1) to be implemented for the state to continue its progress. If not, it might take us longer to get back on track in terms of economic development,” he said during the Bicara Bernama TV talk show last night.
Amirudin added that the RS-1 is aligned with Selangor’s status as the biggest contributor to the country’s GDP, with an increase between 0.3 per cent to 0.8 per cent each year.
He said the state contributed 25 per cent and 24.8 per cent to the country’s GDP in 2021 and 2020, respectively.
“Therefore, we have to contribute more. To achieve the goal, we have to plan and streamline the economic development plan to achieve our goals of contributing 30 per cent to the GDP by 2025,” he added.
Commenting further, Amirudin said the RS-1 also outlined thorough preparation for the state to face climate change within five years.
“If the state government does not prepare its infrastructure, flood and disaster occurrence would affect Selangor’s development process,” he said.
He added that the plan also aims to overcome food security challenges as a result of the war between Ukraine and Russia which has dragged the world into recession.
The RS-1 was tabled on July 27 and has a total cost of RM212.44 billion with RM92.44 billion has been set aside for state-level development initiatives, including the introduction of several incentives to ensure the welfare of the people.