KUALA LUMPUR – Oct 28, 2015: If Pakatan Harapan (PH) members of parliament think that they can get Barisan Nasional MPs to go along with them in rejecting the national budget — that is just not happening.
Their “campaign” has been relentless but their argument is not convincing to the BN MPs.
Sekijang MP (BN) Anuar Abd Manap said that if PH MPs continue to harp on the same and tiring issue of how the goods and services tax (GST) will bankrupt the country, “no one will ever take them seriously”.
“They are trying to fool the people into believing that GST is bad for country but such argument is clearly untrue.
“Despite suffering from global economic slowdown, the federal government can still afford to present a realistic budget that is capable of taking care the well-being of the people,” Anuar.
He added that it was in fact the collection money gained from GST that had helped the national budget to be tailored in such a manner.
Anuar also contended the argument raised by several PH MPs claiming that no harm will come to the country if the national budget was to be scuttled as their (PH) aim was only to oust Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak from his president’s post.
“How can they (PH) say that no harm will happen if we were to reject the budget?
“If the budget really does get rejected then a snap poll will have to be held because the federal government will not be able to operate due to not having the permission to use the country’s fund.
“Doing a snap poll is very costly. If PH wants to remove Najib so bad then just call for a vote of no-confidence motion in the parliament,” said Anuar.
He, however, was sceptical of PH’s success to oust Najib even if they managed to call for such a vote.
“It was evident that during the suspension of Lim Kit Siang (Gelang Patah)(DAP) that the maximum number of votes they can get is 77 votes.
“I personally think that, we will see similar result in a no-confidence vote against Najib,” he opined.
Anuar also doubted that PH would have enough time to draft a detailed and proper budget given the tight deadline.
He said that they (PH) only have two months left to draft a replacement budget should the official one gets rejected.
“If all of us were to reject the national budget do they really think they can make it in time?
“Even if they can I’m sure it will be a sloppy budget that is incomparable to the official budget that has been meticulously prepared for several months,” he said.
Bagan Serai MP (BN) Dr Noor Azmi Ghazali also shared similar sentiment with Anuar, saying that not only are their (PH MPs) arguments against the national budgetunconvincing it was also very confusing.
“They argued that GST is a burden to the people as the tax has contributed to the rising cost of living.
“But they have also failed to realize that the government has increased the amount of BR1M and has even introduced several tax reliefs to tackle this problem,” he said.
Noor Azmi also said some of the “alternative suggestions” made by several PH MPs were sometimes quite unrealistic.
“The problem with the opposition is that they are so engrossed in giving free cakes to everyone up to the point that they forget to focus on how to bake bigger cakes,” he quipped.