KUALA LUMPUR: Former Sabah chief minister Datuk Seri Shafie Apdal (Warisan-Semporna) has called for significant improvements to be made to Budget 2021 as it is unable, in its current form, to cater to all Malaysians’ needs.
Given the severity of the Covid-19 pandemic, Shafie said it is high time for the sitting government to empower the people, through the annual budget, by building the nation – instead of “building a single race or religion”. null
“The private sector houses among the largest groups of employers. They, too, need to be assisted, as their workers are dependent on monthly (earnings).”
“We want to build (develop) the nation, not just one race or one religion only.
“We must build all the races (in Malaysia) so that this country can move forward.
“We must ensure that the Budget will be used for nation-building. Not for building a race. Not for building a religion. This is the way forward for the country,” he said when debating the Supply Bill 2021 in the Dewan Rakyat, today.
In his debate speech, Shafie highlighted several matters he said need to be prioritised, including the survivability of tourism industry players and aid for the M40 group.
Shafie, who is Parti Warisan Negara president, also criticised the government’s decision to revive Barisan Nasional’s propaganda tool, the Special Affairs Department (Jasa), with an RM85.5 million allocation in Budget 2021.
By : Arfa Yunus – NST