Budget 2021 could lose support: Dr M

by ALIFAH ZAINUDDIN/ pic by ARIF KARTONO

 

PARTI Pejuang Tanah Air (Pejuang) chairman Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad and Umno chief advisor Tengku Tan Sri Razaleigh Hamzah have expressed doubt that the third reading of the Supply Bill 2021 scheduled tomorrow will garner enough support in parliament.

“There is a possibility tomorrow, when they (MPs) vote for the third reading of Budget 2021, that the government might lose. If they lose, I hope those in parliament will not think of themselves but the people,” Dr Mahathir told reporters at a joint press conference with Tengku Razaleigh held at the Albukhary Foundation in Kuala Lumpur today. 

The news conference comes amid speculation that 10 Umno MPs had signed a statutory declaration (SD) in support of PKR leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim’s bid to form a new government.

When asked to comment on the strength of the PN government, Dr Mahathir merely noted that the matter will be made known tomorrow.

“There have been a lot of talks of various SDs being signed by MPs on both sides. I had also received full backing by some who claim to support me so SDs do not count. What matters is what happens in parliament,” he said.

If the bill is passed, Dr Mahathir said Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin will continue to have a weak government with a fragile majority. “If any of his supporters were to go to jail, his government would collapse,” Dr Mahathir said.

Tengku Razaleigh said he will continue to abstain from participating in the vote for Budget 2021 while indicating that others who support him may also vote against the budget.

The federal budget has so far received enough support at both the policy and committee stages despite repeated attempts from the Opposition to reject Muhyiddin’s first national budget.

 

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