Conditional support for Budget 2021 from BN

by ASILA JALIL/ pic by HUSSEIN SHAHARUDDIN

 

Barisan Nasional will only support Budget 2021 if it amended several matters mainly on the loan moratorium and the amount of withdrawal from Employees Provident Fund (EPF) account 1. 

Former Prime Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Najib Razak proposed for the government to consider extension of the loan moratorium for another six months next year until June 30, 2021 to lessen the burden of borrowers including those in the middle 40 income group (M40) who have voiced their dissatisfaction over the targeted assistance announced in Budget 2021 last Friday. 

The Pekan MP also reiterated his call for the government to allow a one off withdrawal of RM10,00  from EPF account 1 as it could help those in dire need of cash amid the Covid-19 pandemic to pay off debts or utility bills. It can also assist those out of jobs to start a new business and generate income. 

“This budget was made during extraordinary times and it is reasonable for some amendments to be made. BN reiterates its stance, as said by Bagan Datuk MP previously, which is for the government to approve one off withdrawal of RM10,000 from EPF account 1 and for the moratorium to extend until June 30 next year.

“In conclusion, on behalf of BN, we support the budget but it is a conditional support. My support depends on the approval of these two matters,” he said in his debate of the Supply Bill (budget) 2021. 

He also urged the government  to expedite cash assistance of RM1,000 for Sabahans who are struggling during the pandemic.

Yesterday, opposition leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim said the support for Budget 2021 is not unconditional as there are various issues surrounding the government’s financial plan.

“I stress again that we were told to support (the budget) under the assumption that it is a Covid-19 budget, therefore in my opinion we will only support it if it is a Covid-19 budget.

“We were urged and advised to support this bill as a Covid-19 budget and we will only support that one, and not anything other than it,” he said in the Dewan Rakyat.

 

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