Anwar's revenge to leave Opposition bloc's allocation out of Madani Budget - Shahidan

24 Feb 2023 09:07pm
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KUALA LUMPUR - Prime Minister Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim’s move to give unfair allocation to the Opposition bloc is part of his revenge.

Arau MP Datuk Seri Dr Shahidan Kassim said his actions denied the rights of the opposition leaders as democratically elected representatives.

However, he said despite feeling disappointed with the government’s decision, they will continue to be the check and balance to the government to ensure equality in administrating the country.

Shahidan said a matter of fact, the re-tabling of Budget 2023 also pressured the opposition.

"In this situation, we are stressed because there is no allocation.

“This allocation is not us asking for anyone's money, we are asking for the MP’s budget, we are not asking for anyone’s money, that should not be discriminated against.

"The current government is a Madani government, the word Madani means justice but it seems we can't get justice.

"We in the opposition are disappointed. The people say they will not be discriminated against, but it is the MPs who are discriminated against.

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“This approach for revenge is inappropriate," he said when met after the re-tabling of the Budget 2023 in Parliament here, on Friday.

The Budget 2023 saw a total value of RM388.1 billion, thus the largest in the country's history.

The revised budget’s amount is RM13.8 billion higher than the budget announced during the Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakub's “Keluarga Malaysia” administration in October last year, which was RM372.3 billion.

Meanwhile, budget for 2022 is RM332 billion and 2021 is RM322 billion.