Opposition’s budget support unsurprising: Analyst

Dick Lembang Dugun

KUCHING: Support from the opposition for the 2021 Budget on Thursday was not a huge surprise, says a political analyst.

Universiti Malaysia Sarawak (Unimas) lecturer Dick Lembang Dugun said this was due to their demands being taken into account by the federal government.

“I am not surprised with what happened during the second stage of debating the Budget. The opposition gave their endorsement even though they appeared to oppose the Budget during the two weeks of debating.

“It is because the government listens to the voices of the people represented by all the MPs,” he said when contacted today.

Dick however pointed out that the Budget fell short of the expectation of M40, adding that this should be addressed by the federal government.

“The M40 in which a majority of them are living in urban areas do not get automatic moratorium. The government should think of this, otherwise it will create poverty among the group in urban areas.”

The analyst also observed that the MPs appeared to heed the Yang di-Pertuan Agong’s decree to let the Budget pass in the interest of the people.

“The MPs know what they should do. Thus, it shows that they obliged to the King’s decree. Furthermore, the improvement of Budget made them endorse it.”

Dick said on the third stage or third reading, the public could expect the Budget to be presented in greater detail.

“This would be the part where all the MPs scrutinise the Budget for each ministry. Either the opposition will support the Budget or not will depend on how the details are presented by the ministries.”