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BN: “It is our desire to make sure every citizen in the state gets the benefit from this budget.”

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KOTA KINABALU  –  Sabah will continue to prosper and progress with its extensive 2013 budget in place.

Focus will now be on delivery and if the debates in the last four days were anything to go by, the budget blueprint is good to go.

Chief Minister  yesterday gave an assurance that the Barisan Nasional government was committed to ensure that plans drawn up in the budget were executed efficiently.

“It is our desire to make sure every citizen in the state gets the benefit from this budget.”

He called on the leaders, civil service and the public to work together to ensure its success.

Musa said the key issues raised during the five-day sitting, which began with him unveiling the biggest state budget of RM4.088 billion last Friday, were on the Native Customary Rights lands, infrastructure and the people’s quality of life.

To all elected representatives, Musa said the RM1 million allocation for them and the RM500,000 touch point fund should also spur them to work harder for their constituents.

In his winding up speech on Wednesday, Musa also expressed confidence that the federal leadership would respond on the petroleum royalty issue.

He revealed that Sabah received RM941.25 million in royalties from Petronas this year, while the state government had initially estimated the sum to be RM774.6 million.  –  NST