The state government is prepared to increase the allocation for development projects in the 2012 state budget if it has the
financial means to do so, Perak Menteri Besar Zambry Abdul Kadir said.
Apart from implementing more development projects for the people, he said, the move would also help contractors, especially Class F contractors, in getting the grassroots economy going.
“The state government will definitely help contractors in Perak; for instance, we allocated RM180 million to implement development projects in last year’s budget.
“This is to spur the state’s economy,” he said at a get-together with the Perak Malaysian Malay Contractors Association at the official residence of the Perak menteri besar, last night.
The government allocated RM179 million for development projects in the 2010 budget and RM273 million in last year’s budget.
Zambry also asked the association to discuss with the Perak State Economic Development Corporation about opportunities available from the various investments by major companies in the state.
Meanwhile, the association’s president Wira Jamaluddin Abdul Rahim said apart from focusing on business, the association also had carried out corporate social responsibility programmes, such as by helping students from families with challenging economic background.
“To enhance the knowledge of Malay contractors, we are collaborating with Universiti Malaysia Pahang to provide courses for our members.
“Right now there are 34 of our members who are undergoing a diploma course in project management at the university and are expected to graduate in September,” he said.