Malacca 2016 revenue collection highest in state's history: Governor

Kelly Koh

MALACCA: The state government collected RM370 million in revenue in 2016 – the highest amount recorded in Malacca’s history.

Malacca Yang di-Pertua Negeri Tun Mohd Khalil Yaakob lauded the state's effort in increasing its revenue collection, which included raising tithe collection in line with the state's strong economic performance.

"From the total (of RM370 million), RM246 million is from the state’s land revenue collection. I was also informed that the state government will collect an additional RM135 million in deferred land revenue payments

"Tithe collection also increased by 6.6 per cent to RM70.5 million last year, from RM66 million in 2015; while tithe payers rose from 39,121 people in 2015 to 42,841 in 2016," he said in his address when opening the first sitting of the fifth meeting of the 13th session of the Malacca State Legislative Assembly at Seri Negeri here today.

Khalil also praised the state government for earning a place in the Malaysian Book of Records for the fastest construction of housing projects, with 277 units of homes built in just eight months.

He also commended the state for its success in increasing tourist arrivals from 15.73 million in 2015, to 16.28 tourists in 2016, and building strong bilateral ties with the Chinese government, with 21 direct flights by China Southern Airlines to Malacca since Sept 2016.

"Malacca's economy also showed positive increment, with an estimated growth of about 5 or 6 per cent, with the service sector contributing 45.6 per cent to the gross domestic product, valued at RM14.5 billion," he added.

Earlier, Khalil was received upon arrival at the Seri Negeri complex by Chief Minister Datuk Seri Idris Haron, accompanied by other state assemblymen.

Khalil also inspected the guard of honour of the royal armoured corps, after the national anthem and the state anthem were played at 9.45am.

Also present were three former DAP state assemblymen, who are attending the sitting in a new seating arrangement, following their declaration as independents last month.

The trio, Duyong assemblyman Goh Leong San, Bachang assemblyman Lim Jak Wong and Kesidang assemblyman Chin Choon Seong, resigned from DAP on Feb 12, citing a loss of confidence with the party's leadership.

A total of 95 oral questions and 122 written questions will be raised in the state assembly sitting this session.

The Malacca legislative assembly comprises 21 Barisan Nasional assemblymen, three DAP assemblymen, three independent assemblymen and a Pas assemblyman.