Budget 2021 will not get majority support – Anwar

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Opposition Chief cum the President of Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR), Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim. PIX: AFIQ RAZALI / MalaysiaGazette /24 FEBRUARY 2020 Budget 2021 majority support
Opposition Chief cum the President of Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR), Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim.PIX: AFIQ RAZALI / MalaysiaGazette /24 FEBRUARY 2020

By Kasthuri Jeevendran

KUALA LUMPUR – Opposition Chief Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim said that the Budget 2021 presented last Friday would not get the majority support from the Members of Parliament (MP).

He repeatedly described the budget as confusing and deviated with many questions and the people would continue to be left behind in several aspects.

He also said that the government did not consider opinion which would benefit the people. On the contrary, it also prioritises on non-desperate expenditures.

He also highlighted that the allocations to prevent the spread of Covid-19 and funds for the frontliners are insufficient.

“This is a very misleading budget. Transparency is needed. For me, this is a very confusing budget.

“The allocations for Covid-19 is very small compared to the total budget. I don’t understand at all how could the allocations for the Ministry of Health be ‘hidden’ under the budget for development in Budget 2021?

“Shouldn’t explanation be given for this allocation? Perhaps, the main reason was to show that we do not have an increment of deficit,” he said during the Supply Bill 2021 debate at the Dewan Rakyat today.

The President of PKR also predicted that the Budget 2021 may not obtain the majority support as it could not resolve the sufferings of the people during the pandemic.

“I am sure that the Budget would get the full support from the Dewan Rakyat if amendments are made for the welfare and benefit of the people. You need to know that there is no simple assumptions in this.

“Government, Minister of Finance and the Prime Minister know that there is no guarantee that the current form of budget, if not amended to defend the fates of the people as we demanded… there is no guarantee that we would easily approve this budget.

“I suggest that the Finance Minister (Tengku Datuk Seri Mohd Zafrul Tengku Abdul Aziz) truly scrutinise, listen to the debates so that matters pertaining Covid-19 would be given priorities. We (opposition) were told, urged, advised to support the Covid-19 Budget and we will only support the Covid-19 Budget… nothing else,” he said.

In a debate about the huge budget for the Special Affairs Department (JASA), Anwar demanded for the Finance Minister to revoke the allocations as Tengku Zafrul, according to Anwar has been ‘trapped’ by the politicians. –MalaysiaGazette

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