KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 12 – The 2019 Budget’s are merely copy-and-paste, name-change, continuation of the Barisan Nasional (BN) administration, and incomplete, said opposition lawmaker Khairy Jamaluddin (BN-Umno-Rembau).
He said the budget did not inspire hope of boosting development, wealth distribution, and help Malaysia in moving towards the future.
“I regard 2019 Budget, unveiled by Pakatan Harapan, as having four main principles (namely,) copy-paste, change of name or rebranding, continuation, and an incomplete Budget.
“If one looks at the unveiling of Budget 2019 recently, it can be concluded that most of the programmes and initiatives by PH is a continuation from the past BN administration.
“In fact, part of it (Budget 2019) was merely rebranded to erase the proven excellent legacy of BN. There is too much to be mentioned as it is going to be a long list,” he said during debate on Budget 2019 at the Dewan Rakyat today.
He pointed out that the Ease of Doing Business Report, issued by the World Bank for 2019, saw Malaysia rise from 24th position to 15th, based on evaluation from June 2, last year, to May 1, this year.
“This is testament to the success of BN in making it easier for business dealings and foreign investment in Malaysia.
“Do not come to the point that it becomes ‘lembu punya susu, sapi yang dapat nama’ (Bahasa Malaysia proverb for someone who takes credit for others’ work),” he said.
Khairy said the recently-announced Cost of Living Aid (BSH) is merely rebranding of the 1Malaysia People’s Aid (BR1M) introduced by BN.
“Unfortunately, the aid is now merely between RM500 and RM1,000. If BN is still in power, BR1M would definitely have risen to RM2,000 and thus helping the B40 (Bottom 40 percent of the population.
“The RM150 million subsidy to stabilise prices of goods is a BN government programme that was continued by PH, and is not a new policy.
“For the people, BN had always allocated a large allocation, for example RM3.9 billion in Budget 2018 to subsidise goods and transportation, which include cooking oil, flour, electric subsidies and toll.
“This assistance is further backed by BR1M to help the B40,” he said.