The main focus of the Perak Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Ahmad Faizal Azumu next year is to ensure the smooth implementation of 2019 Budget for the continuity of development and the welfare of the people.

IPOH: The main focus of the Perak Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Ahmad Faizal Azumu next year is to ensure the smooth implementation of 2019 Budget for the continuity of development and the welfare of the people.

Ahmad Faizal said in order to achieve the mission, the state government would spur efforts to attract more investment to the state and would also maintain the momentum of economic growth in a very challenging global economic development.

“The state government has identified main sectors such as tourism and manufacturing sectors as the prime mover of economic growth. This, at the same time, will create job opportunities for the local people.

“With these more employment opportunities, the economic growth can be maintained in the face of challenging external factors,” he said.

The Chenderiang assemblyman also said the state government would give attention to the new sources in order to generate the state’s income such as agriculture by opening more farms equipped with modern elements to increase the farmer’s income.

“Housing sector will be highlighted too. We are targeting to build 50,000 affordable homes in Perak within five years. Besides that, the state government will do its best to help the people by providing Health Card and Food Card,” he said.

On top of economy and infrastructure, Ahmad Faizal said the state government would also give priority to strengthening racial unity among the people in Perak as this was the important factor in maintaining stability and security, thereby boosting investor confidence.

“Personally, I also wish to perform Hajj in 2019. May Allah grant me good health and time to perform the fifth pillars of Islam.

“I have also quit smoking and my focus next year is to stay smoke-free. I will also spread messages to the smokers out there that we should work together to stop smoking.

“I also hope that I will have more time to do sports, which is my favourite activity. I hope I can manage my time wisely so that I can maintain my sports momentum,” he added.

Source: New Straits Times