Heated argument over ‘copycat’ budget
SHAH ALAM: A heated argument ensued in the Selangor legislative assembly yesterday when Datuk Mat Nadzari Ahmad Dahlan (BNBatang Kali) once again called the state government’s Budget 2017 a copycat.
He said many of the policies and allocations outlined in the state budget including cash aids and schemes were similar to that of the federal government.
“There are things such as Skim Peduli Sihat, which is similar to subsidies already given by the federal government. It is clear that the state government studied the federal government’s budget and took ideas from there.
“The difference is that the federal government has database, network, and resources to do it effectively,” he told the state assembly during the budget debate.
Lau Weng San (DapKampung Tunku) raised Standing Order 36(6), which states that elected representatives cannot make malicious accusations against another assembly member.
Speaker Hannah Yeoh (DapSubang Jaya) then asked Mat Nadzari to clarify his statement, which the latter said he would do during his debate.
However, he repeated the accusation while other government backbenchers cited Standing Order 36(6) and demanded that he retract his statement.
After multiple interruptions by backbenchers, Mat Nadzari continued his budget debate until it concluded.
In the end, he conceded and changed his wording from “copy” to “similar”.