Perak Govt urged to spend more to revive economy

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  • Saturday, 10 Oct 2009

THE Perak Government has been urged to table a deficit budget for next year in the coming state assembly meeting.

Adviser to the Perak Mentri Besar on Chinese affairs, Datuk Chang Ko Youn, said an increase in government spending would result in a circulation of funds to revive the economy.

“If the government leads in spending, the private sector would also follow and this would help our economy to improve,” he said at a press conference in Ipoh yesterday.

Chang said the world economic recession was not expected to improve until next year and the nation was expecting negative growth this year.

“Going by the experience of the 1930s Great Depression, cutting down on expenses will result in massive unemployment.

“I am confident that Pakatan Rakyat assemblymen will attend the meeting. If not, they will be disqualified as assemblymen and those elected for the first time will lose their pension,” he added.

On the Bagan Pinang by-election, he said PAS should not have any doubts in the casting of postal votes.

“They never objected about postal votes during the 2008 general election. The results in Perak then showed that PAS received more postal votes than Barisan.

“They are calling for a change in the manner postal votes are cast because they feel that most of them would go to the Barisan which could assure peace and development in the country,” he said.

Chang, who is also Gerakan deputy president, said the security forces in the country had always been given the freedom to vote for whoever they liked.

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