KUALA TERENGGANU: A total of 905 people have been caught last year for committing offences punishable under the newly-amended Terengganu Syariah Criminal Enactment (Takzir) 2001.
This was against 808 people nabbed in 2015, or an increase of 97 cases or 12 per cent.
Replying to Satiful Bahari Mamat (Pas-Paka) who asked the numbers and types of syariah offences committed last year from district to district, State Communication, Multimedia and Special Duties Committee chairman Ghazali Taib said Kuala Terengganu registered the highest number of arrests last year at 345, followed by Kemaman (233), Marang (117), Besut (98), Dungun (74), Setiu (22) and Hulu Terengganu (16).
He said 774 people were caught last year for close proximity, while 128 caught for committing illicit sex. Three were caught for consuming alcohol.
To a question from Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang (Pas-Rhu Rendang) who wanted to know how the State government plans to overcome the state deficit budget this year, Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Ahmad Razif Abdul Rahman said the state government had taken some drastic measures to overcome the deficit budget this year.
He said all departments and agencies were told to control their spendings.
"For administration and development expenditures, we have compelled all officials in charge to spend not more than a third of the allocated budget within the first half of the year.
"To boost the state revenue, we will be more aggressive in collecting arrears," he said.
Terengganu's budget for this year is RM1.867 billion, a 10 per cent deficit against a projected revenue of RM1.697 billion.