Dr Mahathir, Pejuang reserve support for Budget 2021

(Bernama) – Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad and three Independent MPs representing the yet-to-be-registered Parti Pejuang Tanah Air (Pejuang), have decided to reserve their support for the 2021 Budget.

The former prime minister said he hoped the wise suggestions raised during the debate on the Supply Bill 2021 were considered in the budget.

“I, and my party ((Pejuang), reserve our support for the 2021 Budget by the Perikatan Nasional (PN) government,” he said when debating the bill in the Dewan Rakyat today.

Prior to this, Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak (BN-Pekan) had voiced Barisan Nasional’s (BN) conditional support for the 2021 Budget, while Opposition Leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim said Budget 2021 will only be supported if it really is a budget to help the people cope with COVID-19 and to curb the spread of the pandemic.

Meanwhile, at a media conference held later, Dr Mahathir, when asked whether he was voicing conditional support for the budget, said: “It should be, there have to be conditions, (but) I do not set the conditions, I want to hear suggestions”.