Discuss Budget 2021 before tabling it, Pakatan tells PM

Opposition leaders pledge to follow Agong’s decree

PETALING JAYA – The Pakatan Harapan (PH) presidential council has demanded that Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin hold a discussion session on Budget 2021 before tabling it in Parliament.

In a joint press statement after the council’s meeting today, the party leaders said that this is required to achieve the objectives laid out by Yang di-Pertuan Agong Al-Sultan Abdullah Ri’ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah.

“Therefore, the prime minister must carry out the decrees of His Majesty Yang di-Pertuan Agong by holding a discussion and negotiation with opposition parties on the contents of Budget 2021 before it is tabled in Parliament on November 6, so it will achieve the objectives laid out by His Majesty.

“The presidential council is confident that all MPs involved will engage in a healthy debate to ensure that Budget 2021 will prioritise the country and the people, as well as achieving the aspirations decreed by His Majesty,” said the joint statement signed by PKR president Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim, DAP secretary-general Lim Guan Eng and Amanah president Mohamad Sabu

“Budget 2021 must focus on the needs of frontline workers who are the first line of defence for Malaysians from Covid-19,” Fahmi said, reading out a statement by the presidential council. 

The presidential council also said that the Budget must also set the direction to ensure that Malaysia will continue to develop during and after the pandemic, including identifying new development strategies for the economy, while helping millions of Malaysians who have been affected by the pandemic.

They added that many of those who were near the poverty line were hoping for assistance from the Budget, saying that it should also include the interests of people who were hoping for an extension to the bank loan moratorium.

“Therefore, the prime minister must heed the King’s decree by immediately having discussions and negotiations with the opposition on the details of Budget 2021 before it is presented in Parliament on Nov 6.”

Source : THE VIBES / FMT

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