Pro­vide ac­cu­rate facts, fig­ures, Azmin told

The Sun (Malaysia) - - NEWS WITHOUT BORDERS -

SE­LAN­GOR Men­tri Be­sar Datuk Seri Mo­hamed Azmin Ali should have pro­vided ac­cu­rate facts and fig­ures in pre­sent­ing the 2017 state bud­get to avoid con­fus­ing the pub­lic.

Budi­man Mohd Zo­hdi (pix) (BN-Sun­gai Pan­jang) said ac­cu­sa­tions against the fed­eral govern­ment for fail­ing to ad­dress struc­tural eco­nomic prob­lems and re­duced global com­pet­i­tive­ness are un­true.

Malaysia is far­ing well in in­ter­na­tional busi­ness and eco­nomic rank­ings, in­clud­ing the World Eco­nomic Fo­rum’s (WEF) global com­pet­i­tive­ness re­port, he added.

“WEF ranked Malaysia in 25th place (out of 138 coun­tries), 20th for goods mar­ket ef­fi­ciency, 13th for fi­nan­cial mar­ket de­vel­op­ment, 20th for busi­ness so­phis­ti­ca­tion, and 30th for in­no­va­tion, in­fra­struc­ture and mar­ket-level ef­fi­ciency.

“From th­ese facts, we can see his ac­cu­sa­tions that our coun­try is not (eco­nom­i­cally) com­pet­i­tive is un­true,” he told a press con­fer­ence at the state as­sem­bly’s an­nex building yes­ter­day.

Budi­man, who is also Sun­gai Be­sar MP, de­fended the fed­eral govern­ment’s debt of RM655.7 bil­lion or 53.2% of GDP, which is un­der the stip­u­lated limit of 55%.

He re­ferred to the RM3.04 bil­lion in­vest­ments in­volv­ing 130 ap­proved projects that Se­lan­gor re­ceived up till June 2016, say­ing the fig­ures are in­com­plete.

“He (Azmin) did not mention in his speech that RM1.26 bil­lion is from for­eign in­vest­ments while RM1.78 bil­lion is from do­mes­tic sources.

“Se­lan­gor does not have the most in­vest­ments in Malaysia ei­ther. Jo­hor is at the top with RM5.1 bil­lion, fol­lowed by Sarawak, Pe­nang, then only Se­lan­gor,” said Budi­man, adding the state op­po­si­tion has no is­sue with Se­lan­gor’s eco­nomic per­for­mance but asked that ac­cu­rate facts and fig­ures be pre­sented.

He re­peated the op­po­si­tion’s as­ser­tion that Se­lan­gor’s Bud­get 2017 is too sim­i­lar to the fed­eral bud­get and is also pop­ulist, which is why he re­jected it dur­ing his de­bate.

How­ever, he said, this is not nec­es­sar­ily a bad thing and asked Azmin to merely be fair to the fed­eral govern­ment.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Malaysia

© PressReader. All rights reserved.