Pakatan to unveil ‘national budget’ before Najib’s

By Tarani Palani, FMT

PETALING JAYA: Pakatan Rakyat is busy preparing a strategic budget for 2012 and is hopeful of revealing its details before Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak reveal’s the nation’s expenditure plan in October this year.

Disclosing this today PAS MP Dzulkifli Ahmad said the Pakatan budget will focuses on specific areas and objectives.

This will be the coalition’s second strategic budget, the first was done in 2008.

“When the Prime Minister announced the budget (last year) it had focused on big projects and big businesses.

“That was the take home message but this will drag the nation into a deficit economy if such expenditure is not curbed.

“We will take a strategic approach, where all the sectoral parameters are to be addressed.

“We will define what our objectives are and move backwards on how to allocate funds to various sectors to avoid the mistakes of the BN in the last budget,” said Dzulkifli adding that the strategic budget was themed “Prosperity for All” (Kesejahteraan Untuk Semua).

He said with this in mind, the budget will focus on a more “decent and sustainable growth” whereby top consideration was given to “means to increase disposable income”, “redistributive justice” and a “sustainable and not reckless’ national expenditure.

‘We welcome plagiarism’

He added that the strategic budget also plans to look into addressing the problems of 60% of households earning less than RM1500 a month.

He said that further details and progress of the budget will be announced on consecutive Fridays for the next “five to six” weeks following the working committee’s meeting.