Conditional support from Selangor Opposition over state budget

SHAH ALAM: The Opposition bloc in Selangor will only support the budget tabled by Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Amirudin Shari conditionally, says its chief Rizam Ismail (pic).

In a statement circulated at the state legislative assembly on Monday (Nov 2), the Opposition chief (BN-Sungai Air Tawar) said they would only partially support Amirudin's budget if it benefited the people of Selangor.

"We also reject any programmes that do not directly benefit the people especially during the post Covid-19 pandemic," said Rizam.

According to Rizam, the 2021 Budget should rightfully be more focused on efforts to return the state's economic stability.

"Focus must also be given to help the people affected by the Covid-19 pandemic. The state government's budget however did not really include much initiatives or new and fresh incentives to help the people of Selangor face the difficult times," he said.

Rizam added most of the announcements made during the tabling of the budget was merely to enhance programmes and policies that were already in existence or programmes that overlapped with that carried out by the Federal Government.

Rizam also said now was not the time for the state government to be frugal.

"The state government should not be afraid to spend, including using its reserves.But at the same time, it is also not the time for the state government to spend indiscriminately to implement programmes that do not profit or benefit the people of this state," said Rizam.

There are 15 opposition assemblymen and 41 government reps in the Selangor state assembly.

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