Heated ar­gu­ment over ‘copy­cat’ bud­get

The Sun (Malaysia) - - NEWS WITHOUT BORDERS -

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”.

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