by ASILA JALIL/ pic by MUHD AMIN NAHARUL
FORMER prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad said he is reserving support for Budget 2021, saying that the government’s projection is unrealistic.
“I reserve myself and my party to either support or not support Perikatan Nasional’s Budget 2021,” he said during the budget debate in Dewan Rakyat today.
“I am aware that Budget 2021 have allocations to help those in need but the suggested assistance are not sufficient. I have heard a few ministers mentioning a policy introduced by the Pakatan Harapan government. If the policy is implemented now, it can overcome several impacts from Covid-19. It is the Shared Prosperity Vision,” the Langkawi MP added.
The 95 year old leader also said that the government should not deny any good suggestion from the opposing party, as it often said it represents everone.
At the same time the chairman of Parti Pejuang Tanah Air (Pejuang) also called for 30% salary cut for cabinet ministers, saying that they are not affected with the economic downturn due to the pandemic.
“But there are still people who get a high salary which is way more than their needs of living. To add, these people don’t get cuts but instead the government provides them with RM500 allocation when they are supposed to concentrate on groups who lost their jobs and can’t eat daily.
“I propose that all ministers should take a 30 per cent pay cut. I don’t think they will starve if their salary gets deducted,” he said.
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