Budget 2021: SUPP, PRS told to defeat bill

Masing (left) and Dr Sim. – Google photos

By Chew Lip Song

THE Sarawak United People’s Party (SUPP) and Parti Rakyat Sarawak (PRS) have been told to vote against Budget 2021, which the opposition describes as being discriminatory against Sarawak.

Michael Kong , the special assistant to state DAP chairman said the Budget, which was tabled on Friday saw a RM13 billion increase in development expenditure, of which only RM100 million went to Sarawak.

“Is (Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi) Abang Johari accepting that more money should be spent in development of mega projects in West Malaysia instead of infrastructure work in Sarawak?

“In Kuala Lumpur, they are putting money for a third MRT line whereas in Sarawak, even the much touted Autonomous Rail Transit¬† project by Abang Jo has yet to even see any work done,” Kong said in a statement today.

He added Abang Johari’s Parti Pesaka Bumiputera Bersatu (PBB) appeared to be the only party within Gabungan Parti Sarawak which was happy with the Budget.

Meanwhile, there was a “deafening silence” from other component parties in the state ruling coalition, Kong added.

He further called on SUPP president Datuk Seri Dr Sim Kui Hian and PRS president Tan Sri James Masing to state their respective parties’ stance on Budget 2021.

“If SUPP and PRS are truly for the people and against this budget for its poor allocation to Sarawak, I urge their Member of Parliaments to vote against Budget 2021,” Kong added

SUPP and PRS have one and two MPs in the Dewan Rakyat respectively.

With PM Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin having only a two-vote majority in the legislature, the Bill could be defeated if lawmakers from Perikatan Nasional broke ranks.

“Dr Sim’s famous words against DAP when the party was an opposition in Federal and State level was Jangan Tengok Saja. To Dr Sim, I now say Jangan Cakap Saja,”¬†Kong added.