Tun M: Pakatan’s Alternative Budget is like an “Empty Pocket”

(Bernama) – “It’s easy when we want to spend the money which we don’t have,” is what former prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad said when asked to comment on the tabling of the alternative Budget by the opposition Pakatan Rakyat.

It was reported that Pakatan Rakyat would table its annual budget today, three days ahead before the federal government presents its 2012 Budget.

The opposition coalition’s budget is said to be an alternative budget before the 2012 Budget is tabled by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak in Parliament on Friday. Najib is also Finance Minister.

“It’s always easy to spend the money which is not under our control. We can do anything (like) promising to give 20 percent oil royalty.

“Yes, we can make the promise as we are not the government. Make promises, so long you win the elections (general election).

“It is common, even (US President Barack) Obama promised to close Guantanamo Bay in Cuba, but until now the detention center has not been closed yet. But he was elected,” said Dr Mahathir to reporters after delivering a keynote address at the 8th Kuala Lumpur Islamic Finance Forum 2011 here today.

Dr Mahathir also served as finance minister when he was the prime minister for 22 years.