KUALA LUMPUR: Despite past disagreements between the Opposition and former Premier Dr Mahathir Mohamad, they know at least how to appreciate his initiatives that are good for the country’s future.
PKR Vice-President Nurul Izzah Anwar said this in objecting to Prime Minister Najib Razak’s plan to replace Mahathir’s Vision 2020 with the National Transformation Programme 2050 (TN50).
She said while the Opposition had in the past criticised Mahathir’s autocratic regime, they never hated him on a personal level.
That was why the Opposition had never touched on the 91-year-old’s vision for Malaysia to achieve developed nation status by 2020.
“We may not agree with a lot of things Mahathir did. There was a lot of cruelty.
“But when it came to the vision which outlined our shared future, we did not attack it,” said Nurul Izzah (PKR-Lembah Pantai) while debating the Budget 2017 at the Dewan Rakyat today.
“I don’t understand how Pekan (Najib) can just negate a vision that has been in place for so long.”
She was referring to the federal budget for 2017 tabled in Parliament by Najib last Friday. Najib had announced the NT50 which negated Mahathir’s brainchild, the Vision 2020.
Nurul Izzah also requested for the government to accept its weaknesses and embrace policies that are good for the welfare of the public.
She then called for joint cooperation in efforts to come up with reforms as she did not want to see the country taking on another transformation programme.
“This is especially when existing programmes have yet to achieve their objectives. This is our money, so please accept good policies.
“Our responsibility as MPs is to execute and approve programmes that are good for the future instead of the ones meant to win elections.”
Ending her speech by rejecting the 2017 Budget, Nurul Izzah said she did, however, agree with some proposals, such as the allocations for taxi drivers.