Annuar Musa: Up to MPs to support Budget 2021 or not


PUTRAJAYA: It is the right of any MPs to decide whether or not to support the upcoming Budget 2021 scheduled for Nov 6 this year, says Tan Sri Annuar Musa (pic).

The Barisan Nasional secretary-general said the MPs had the right to act in accordance with the established rules and proceedings of Parliament.

He said this in response to a statement by Yang di-Pertuan Agong Al-Sultan Abdullah Ri’ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah on Wednesday (Oct 28) that MPs should put aside party affiliation and give full support to the budget.

While Annuar said the advice should be given serious attention and MPs should abide by it, he also said some uncertainty remained.

"But we are still unsure what will happen when Parliament convenes again.

"There is a probability that what will happen will differ from what the King advised," he said when met on Thursday (Oct 29).

The Ketereh MP also refuted claims that the plan to declare a state of emergency by Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yasin on Friday (Oct 23) was an attempt at passing the Budget without parliamentary deliberation.

"Some have claimed that this would have led to a dictatorship of the premier but this is not true.

"Under normal circumstances, a budget is debated in the Dewan Rakyat, before being brought to the Dewan Negara, after which it will be presented to the King.

"In the event of a state of emergency, the power to pass the budget lies with the King, and not the Prime Minister.

"It would be up to the King to either pass the budget fully or to accept only parts of it," he said.

Annuar, who is also the Federal Territories Minister, said many had misunderstood what the emergency plan entailed.

"In the context of our constitution, emergency can be caused by many things, be it natural disasters or health pandemic.

"At present, some 10,000 police personnel have been placed under quarantine, and we have to enlist the help of the army to help the frontliners.

"However, the army does not have the power to arrest citizens, but this authority to arrest can be given by the King under a state of emergency," he said.

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