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Budget 2021 should not be used as ‘ammunition’ to derail Perikatan govt, says Gerakan

Nov 18, 2020

PETALING JAYA: The proposed Budget 2021 should not be used as an “ammunition” to derail the Perikatan Nasional government, and force a snap election, says Gerakan.

Its vice-president Baljit Singh said the nation could ill afford an election at the height of the Covid-19 pandemic.

“All MPs need to realise that their priority should be on securing the needs of the vulnerable segments of society, boosting the economy and jumpstarting business activities again.

“And they should not let political greed overwhelm the rakyat’s need.

“It is about time all MPs look into the shortcomings of the Budget and reach a consensus to produce one which would truly benefit all the people and put the country back on the track of recovery,” he said in a statement.

He said this in response to the ongoing Budget 2021 debate in Parliament.

Baljit described the Budget as probably the most controversial ever to be tabled in the nation’s history, as the quantum of allocations for certain agencies, organisations and purposes had become the talk of town.

“Everyone from the man on the street to politicians are giving their worth on it.

“However, calls are being made for MPs from the opposing sides to put their differences aside and come up with a consensus to pass it during the parliamentary voting session, which is expected to be held on Nov 25.

“It is obvious that the consequences of the budget hitting a snag at this juncture cannot be understated.

“There is bound to be serious ramifications on the country’s political stability. This is something Malaysia can ill afford right now,” he said.

He said the public were also fed up with all the political shenanigans at a time when the nation was facing the third wave of the deadly Covid-19 pandemic, with increasing number of infected cases and fatalies being recorded.