PETALING JAYA: The proposed Budget 2017 tabled in Parliament today is flawed for one major reason – the government’s lack of funds to deliver what was promised, said Muhyiddin Yassin who was one of the opposition leaders who walked out of the Dewan Rakyat today.
“This budget is unrealistic.
“Although on the exterior it looks nice, with the goodies and the boost of BR1M (1Malaysia People’s Aid), the root issues which are the country’s shrinking funds and how the government plans to settle its debts and liabilities, were not addressed.
“I, along with the Pakatan Harapan parliamentarians feel that the prime minister should have explained all these so the public can be confident that what was tabled today, can be executed,” he told reporters outside parliament.
In an unprecedented move this evening, a majority of opposition lawmakers left during the tabling of Budget 2017 after Najib accused them of staging a drama when they stood up, holding placards which read “Siapa MO1?”
“We did not want to listen to what else he had to say as we believed that what he presented did not portray the true picture of our economic standing,” said Muhyiddin.
“I have been in the government and when a Budget is tabled in parliament, a huge allocation was made to ministeries.
“But when asked for the allocation later, there were many processes that we had to go through and in the end some allocations were not fulfilled.”
Muhyiddin, who is the Pagoh MP, also said that the goodies offered for next year were insufficient as the costs of living is rising at a much higher rate.