Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin

KUALA LUMPUR: The support shown for 2021 Budget that enabled it to be passed at the policy stage today is a testimony of the members of parliament’s maturity in prioritising the welfare, safety and wellbeing of the people over other matters.

Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin said the backing for the nation’s biggest and most important budget will now allow the government to implement next year’s spending plans in an orderly and smooth manner.

Alhamdulillah, I am grateful because 2021 Budget has already been approved by the Dewan Rakyat today. I would like to thank all the MPs, especially the members of Perikatan Nasional (PN), Barisan Nasional (BN), Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS) and Parti Bersatu Sabah (PBS),” he said in a statement today.

After two weeks of debate and four days of winding-up session by the relevant ministers at the Dewan Rakyat, the Supply Bill or 2021 Budget was passed at the policy stage today.

It was approved with a majority voice vote after attempts by several MPs to initiate bloc voting failed when only 13 MPs stood up, less than the required 15.

The budget, the first by the Perikatan Nasional government, was tabled by Finance Minister Tengku Datuk Seri Zafrul Tengku Abdul Aziz on Nov 6 and 82 MPs spoke during the debate from Nov 9 to 19.

An allocation totalling RM322.5 billion was proposed under the budget, making it the biggest ever in the country’s history, mainly to help the government to handle and cushion the economic impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on the people and the country.

Muhyiddin said the stand taken by the MPs proved that they upheld the Yang di-Pertuan Agong  Al-Sultan Abdullah Ri’ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah’s decree for politicking to be set aside to allow the budget to be approved without interruption, particularly when the nation was in battle with Covid-19.

He also congratulated Tengku Zafrul and the Finance Ministry who had worked hard to complete the winding-up of 2021 Budget with improvements for the welfare and wellbeing of the people.

“These improvements have taken into account the views of various parties including members of parliament who participated in debates on the Supply Bill 2021,” he said.

It also showed that the government listened to the people’s grievances and was responsive towards views on measures needed to revive the country’s economy which had been badly affected by the Covid-19 pandemic, Muhyiddin added.

“Let us hope that 2021 Budget will be a catalyst to improve the lives of the people and the country,” he said. – Bernama