PETALING JAYA: Pakatan Harapan has called on all parliamentarians on both sides of the political divide to reject Budget 2021 when the Supply Bill goes for the third reading in the Dewan Rakyat on Tuesday (Dec 15).
The Opposition coalition claimed the Budget did not meet the objectives and goals to fight Covid-19, to help the people and to revive the economy.
They claimed that what the Finance Minister announced during the announcement or winding up of the Budget or in a series of media statements did not meet the demands and expectations of many parliamentarians and even the people in general.
This included the Employees Provident Fund (EPF) issue, loan repayment moratorium issue, helping the frontliners, education, the cost of living, as well other matters.
“We had said previously that we would debate the 2021 Budget during the policy and committee stages, and finally call for a bloc vote during the third reading. This will happen tomorrow, ” they said in a statement on Monday (Dec 14).
The statement was jointly signed by PKR secretary-general Datuk Seri Saifuddin Nasution, Amanah secretary-general Datuk Dr Hatta Ramli, and DAP organising secretary-general Anthony Loke.
On Nov 26, the Budget 2021 was passed at the policy stage via a voice vote.
However, only 13 MPs stood up, including former prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad and some Amanah members, to call for a bloc vote.
So far, all the budget allocations for the ministries have been passed.
The voting for the Budget 2021 will take place after the conclusion of two more ministries at the committee stage.