Meeting of federal, state govts proposed

  • Nation
  • Thursday, 30 Oct 2008

AN OPPOSITION lawmaker has suggested that the Federal Government meet with state leaders to discuss measures to deal with the global economic slowdown.

Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim (PKR – Bandar Tun Razak), who said the meeting should be held soon, also suggested that another meeting with small and medium industries and small-business owners to listen to their plight.

He said the Selangor Goverment had held talks with them and they had all kinds of grouses.

“We have to listen to know their expectations and also to win their confidence,” said Khalid, when debating the Budget.

He also said outflow of money should be reduced.

He said the Federal Government’s plan to use RM5bil from the Employees Provident Fund to buy shares was not a wise move.

“The foreigners are selling their shares to leave the country. We are buying the shares for them to leave the country with the money,” he said.

Earlier, Khalid also said there was a lack of clear policy to reduce foreign workers in the country.

“When times are bad, there will be many locals who lose their jobs,” he said.

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