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Dewan Rakyat 16/10/2008

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Opposition leader in Malaysia, Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim called on all lawmakers in the Dewan Rakyat to reject the 2009 Budget and press for a new one with its facts and figures revised to reflect the current global economic situation.

"We reject this Budget and urge for an immediate change," Anwar said in the House today. Basically, he was repeating what he said in a press conference yesterday in the House lobby. He noted that the facts and figures listed in the Budget were pre-economic crisis.

"This is the first time in Malaysian history that we are forced to debate a Budget where the facts and figures are known to be far different from those in reality and therefore cannot be debated," he said during the second reading of the Budget.

The Permatang Pauh MP said that the government was in a "state of denial" and its attitude in presenting such a Budget was arrogant and smacked of irresponsibility. He took the Barisan Nasional government to task for not prioritising the rakyat who were burdened with high inflation costs and stagnant levels of income.


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