Government bankrupt? Nonsense, says Zahid

Deputy Prime Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi says the government would be unable to provide funds for the people if it really was bankrupt.

TAMPIN: Deputy Prime Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi today dismissed the opposition’s claims that the government is bankrupt.

He said the government’s strong financial position was reflected in the allocations set aside for the well-being of the people.

“These announcements are proof of the good relations between the elected representatives and the state and federal governments which are from the same party,” he said at a meet-the-people session here.

He added that the allocations were not bribes.

He said the government would be unable to provide funds if it was bankrupt, or if debts were rising, and if the goods and services tax (GST) was used to make payments to 1MDB, as alleged.

Citing allocations approved today for the construction of a sports complex and a bridge in Gemencheh and Gemas, Zahid said this would not have happened if the government was bankrupt.

“If the government is bankrupt, how could I have approved RM5 million for the sports complex (in Gemencheh) and RM3.5 million for the bridge (in Gemas)?

“The government is not bankrupt. The government has money and the government wants to help the people,” he said.

Zahid, who is also home minister, said the government was sensitive to the issues facing the people such as the cost of living, education and security.

He said as a responsible government, it had addressed these needs and was continuing to do so.

“The cost of living, for example. The prime minister (Najib Razak) and I are aware of this. It was for this reason that we approved the National Cost-of-Living Action Council.”