Khairy slams Budget 2019, says no strategy to boost national development

KUALA LUMPUR: Umno stalwart Khairy Jamaluddin has joined in the Opposition’s chorus of criticism against Pakatan Harapan’s Budget 2019, saying that there is not a major strategy to boost national development.

“The budget was a bit underwhelming. There is not a single strategy to boost national development.

“Many good policies were either continued or taken from the previous Barisan Nasional government plans and early announcements,” he told reporters when met at the Parliament lobby on Friday (Nov 2).

Khairy, who is Barisan’s shadow finance minister, said that even though Budget 2019 has a larger allocation than the previous government’s Budget 2018, it lacked “touch points” for the rakyat.

“For example, the Cost of Living Aid (BSH) is far from the Bantuan Rakyat 1Malaysia (BR1M) that we promised. If we had won in the previous polls, BR1M was promised to be set at RM2,000.

“For this (budget), the most these people will get is RM1,450.”

Khairy said that Barisan’s first “shadow budget”, titled “People’s Economic Initiative”, was much different from Pakatan’s Budget 2019.

“It touches all segments, where there was not even a single group that was left behind,” he claimed.

However, Khairy said he does not deny that there were several good initiatives in Budget 2019, without elaborating further.

He said he will be commenting further on Budget 2019 when Parliament reconvenes on Nov 12 after the Deepavali holiday.

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