FINAL BATTLE LINES DRAWN – NAJIB ISSUES BN’S ULTIMATUM – TO STICK WITH ITS DEMANDS ON MUHYIDDIN’S BUDGET – ‘WHEN THERE’S A WILL, THERE’S A WAY’ – EVEN AS HIS LOYALIST FIRES AWAY AT ‘BETRAYAL’ SHAHIDAN – ‘YOU’RE A BN MP, SINCE WHEN HAVE YOU BECOME PERIKATAN BACKBENCHERS’ CHAIRMAN!’
PETALING JAYA: Najib Razak says it is now up to the Perikatan Nasional (PN) government to decide whether it will extend the automatic loan moratorium and allow people a one-off withdrawal of RM10,000 from their Employees Provident Fund (EPF) Account 1.
The former prime minister said Barisan Nasional (BN) had exhausted all channels in pressing the government on its two demands, adding that he also met Finance Minister Tengku Zafrul Aziz earlier this week to outline how these measures can be done.
Najib also said this could be implemented without causing a major impact on contributors’ retirement savings, banks, the budget or the government’s finances.
“Honestly, BN has used every available channel to stress why these two necessities need to be improved on and implemented immediately. Whether they want to or not is now in the hands of the top leadership of the PN government.
“Where there’s a will, there’s a way,” he said in a Facebook post today.
Last week, Najib said BN MPs will only support the 2021 budget if the government makes amendments to the Supply Bill.
He said they want the government to extend the loan moratorium by six months and allow a one-off RM10,000 withdrawal from the EPF Account 1.
BN has 43 MPs in the Dewan Rakyat, making their support crucial for the prime minister to get the budget approved, especially since the PN government only holds a two-seat majority.
Umno veteran hits out at Shahidan over ‘betrayal’ remark
PETALING JAYA: Umno veteran Shahrir Samad has criticised the party’s Arau MP, Shahidan Kassim, for saying those who vote against the budget are betraying the trust of the people.
In a Facebook post, Shahrir remarked that Shahidan, the Perikatan Nasional (PN) Backbenchers Club chairman, was “aggressive” in defending the budget.
“And he is a Barisan Nasional (BN) MP. BN is not even in PN. How can he become the PN backbenchers’ chairman?” Shahrir asked.
Debating the budget proposals in the Dewan Rakyat yesterday, Shahidan said those who vote against the budget are betraying the trust of the rakyat.
Previously, BN Backbenchers Club chairman Najib Razak said the coalition’s support for the budget hinged on two amendments – the extension of the automatic loan moratorium and allowing Employees Provident Fund withdrawals of RM10,000.
“Now Shahidan is using the term ‘betrayal’ against those who do not support the budget. (He is) really desperate to defend the budget,” said Shahrir.
The former Johor Bahru MP also took a swipe at PPBM, the PN lynchpin, saying it was filled with those who “betrayed their friends” in Pakatan Harapan and Umno.