Pejuang imposes 12 conditions to support Budget 2021

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The Member of Parliament of Jerlun, Datuk Seri Mukhriz Mahathir arrives at the Parliament for the Dewan Rakyat sitting. PIX: FAREEZ FADZIL / MalaysiaGazette / 03 AUGUST 2020 Parti Pejuang Tanah Air Budget 2021
The Member of Parliament of Jerlun, Datuk Seri Mukhriz Mahathir arrives at the Parliament for the Dewan Rakyat sitting. PIX: FAREEZ FADZIL / MalaysiaGazette / 03 AUGUST 2020

By Mohd Zaini Samsu Hadi

KUALA LUMPUR – Parti Pejuang Tanah Air (Pejuang) had imposed 12 conditions to the Perikatan Nasional (PN) government if they want the party’s support on Budget 2021.

The Member of Parliament (MP) of Jerlun (Independent), Datuk Seri Mukhriz Mahathir said that the MPs from Pejuang will reject Budget 2021 if PN ignores the amendments proposed by the party.

Among the conditions include the extension of moratorium and withdrawal from Account 1 of the Employees Provident Fund (EPF) as raised by the Barisan Nasional (BN).

“We are determined to reject Budget 2021 if there is no amendment on the conditions we presented.

“12 conditions so that the government would not waste money on unnecessary matters when the country is facing a serious crisis,” he said during the debate at the Dewan Rakyat today.

Among the 12 conditions submitted by Mukhriz were to delay the construction of ministry buildings as those are not priorities, such as the Ministry of International Trade and Industry (MITI) which would cost RM60.5 million.

Reduce allocation to the Prime Minister’s Department (JPM) which increased from RM7.9 billion to RM11.7 billion.

According to Mukhriz, Pejuang also wants the government to postpone all mega projects worth RM15 billion and focus on small projects.

“Reduce the number Cabinet ministers and reduce the wages of ministers, deputy ministers, if possible, up to 30 percent.

“Increase budget for the Ministry of Health (MOH) for noncommunicable diseases, although we are fighting Covid-19, it does not mean that other diseases would disappear just like that,” he said. –MalaysiaGazette

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