PETALING JAYA: Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin (pic, right) has thanked all the Parliamentarians who supported Budget 2021 right up from the policy stage to its third reading on Tuesday (Dec 15).
The Prime Minister said the passing of the budget proved that the Perikatan Nasional government always took into the account of the welfare, safety and the wellbeing of the people, as well as the economic recovery of the country in its actions.
“This also proves that the MPs who supported the budget are aware and realise that this budget is very important for the government to implement various development programmes, with a priority to fight the Covid-19 pandemic and improve the living standards of the people of all walks of life, the vulnerable, as well as the less fortunate, ” he said in a Facebook post on Tuesday night (Dec 15).
He added that the stand of the Parliamentarians proved that they heeded the advice of the Yang di-Pertuan Agong, who wanted the budget to be passed without any disruptions.
“I hope the Parliamentarians can continue to give their best for the people and the country, ” he said.
Muhyiddin also thanked Finance Minister Tengku Zafrul for working hard on the budget from the start to finish.
He also thanked the people for praying that the Budget would be passed.
The Dewan passed Budget 2021 despite two attempts for bloc voting called by Opposition lawmakers.
Opposition MPs called for bloc voting after the third reading for Budget 2021, with 111 MPs voting aye and 108 nay in both instances. Only one MP was absent from voting.
The bloc vote was called by Datuk Mahfuz Omar (PH-Pokok Sena), after Finance Minister Tengku Datuk Seri Tengku Zafrul Abdul Aziz gave a third reading on Budget 2021 in Parliament on Tuesday.
Budget 2021, at RM322.5bil, is the largest budget in Malaysian history.
The allocations for all 27 ministries were passed after gruelling debates and several attempts for bloc voting by the Opposition.