KUALA LUMPUR: The Opposition appeared unimpressed with Budget 2023 with PAS’ Pasir Mas MP Ahmad Fadhli Shaari leaving a dismal review on the federal budget.
“If there are 10 stars, I will give it only five,” he said when met at the Parliament lobby on Friday (Feb 24).
Ahmad Fadhli also said Prime Minister Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim did not give adequate commitment to fight corruption.
“The Prime Minister did not even mention a single word about 1MDB,” added Ahmad Fadhli.
Arau MP Datuk Seri Shahidan Kassim criticised Budget 2023 for not ensuring equal allocations between backbenchers and Opposition MPs.
“We are elected representatives. Why are our rights being denied? We don’t get allocations. MPs from the government get an allocation. Why?
“Malaysia has 33 million people and there are 222 MPs... why are we punishing the Opposition?” Shahidan asked.
“We are not asking for pocket money, but we want equal (allocations),” added Shahidan.
Machang MP Wan Ahmad Fayshal Wan Ahmad Kamal said the Opposition will raise many questions on Budget 2023 when the matter is debated in Parliament next week.
“Hopefully, it will be a fruitful two weeks,” said Wan Ahmad Fayshal.
He also said that Perikatan will have a retreat for its MPs this Sunday (Feb 26).
“We will dissect all the details in the Budget. We have so many glaring details,” he added.
Budget 2023 will be debated at the policy stage for two weeks in Parliament beginning Monday (Feb 27), and followed by another three weeks of debates at the committee stage.