Budget vote: We’ll see who’s going to betray the people, says Annuar Musa

KUALA LUMPUR: Those who oppose Budget 2021 will only be creating instability and victimising the rakyat, says Barisan Nasional secretary-general Tan Sri Annuar Musa (pic).

He said that Barisan lawmakers have expressed their support for the Budget as they realise how important it is to the people.

"Even when Barisan was the Opposition, we did not oppose the Budget. What more if the rejection of the Budget will bring instability to the country, and the rakyat will be the victims.

"This afternoon, we will see who will betray the people," he said in a series of tweets on Thursday (Nov 26).

Without naming names, Annuar said that many “big bosses” had made noises and did not understand the loan repayment moratorium extension issue.

"The moratorium is not in the bill (Supply Bill) which has been tabled.

"There are no automatic moratoriums. The government can only use certain methods and ‘order’ the banks.

"Basically, when there is merit, the government should implement," he said.

He said that the Opposition had mentioned that they do not fully reject the Budget and only oppose selected aspects.

"If that is so, all must first support it during voting today, as we are only at the policy stage and haven't reached the committee stage, when specific matters can be amended.

"If it is not approved today, the amendments to the specific details cannot be made.

"Many still do not understand this," he said.

Annuar also proposed that the suggestions raised by Datuk Seri Najib Razak (BN-Pekan) get the attention of the Finance Minister, although the issues are actually not in the Budget and only about policy in general.

Barisan has declared only conditional support for Budget 2021, which is expected to be voted on by MPs later today (Nov 26).

Najib said Barisan’s 42 MPs would only support Budget 2021 if two of its demands were met — a blanket moratorium on loan repayments till June 30,2021 and allowing Malaysians a one-off withdrawal of RM10,000 from their Employees Provident Fund (EPF) Account 1.

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