Voting on Budget 2021 likely to be delayed to Nov 30, says source

Voting on Budget 2021 likely to be delayed to Nov 30, says source

KUALA LUMPUR: Voting on Budget 2021 in the Dewan Rakyat, initially scheduled for Thursday (Nov 26), is likely to be delayed to next Monday (Nov 30).

A well-placed source told The Star voting on the Budget could possibly be pushed back.

“My ministry was supposed to present the wrap-up today (Wednesday, Nov 25), but it has been postponed to tomorrow (Thursday, Nov 26).

“So, even if it (voting) is not tomorrow, then it could be next Monday. Nothing wrong in that anyway,” the source said.

However, the source said his ministry has yet to receive any official notification from Parliament on the matter.

A top official from the Plantation Industries and Commodities Ministry, who declined to be named, said the minister was supposed to give his winding up speech on Thursday (Nov 26).

“However, it is tough to say whether all ministries will be able to wrap up everything in time.

“It’s either the ministers cut their speeches short, or they might have to extend (the time allotted) the wrap-up speeches,” he said.

Another source said there have been rumours that voting on Budget 2021 has been postponed, but there is yet to be an official word.

This will be the third time that the date for voting has been changed.

The initial date for the end of ministerial replies at the policy stage on Parliament’s calendar was Nov 23, but this was moved to Nov 25 and then again to Nov 26.

A total of 80 lawmakers have taken part in Budget debates at the policy stage, with 27 ministries yet to reply.

So far, only eight ministries have concluded their replies, with 19 more left to do so by Thursday (Nov 26).

There were requests from several lawmakers for more time to debate the Budget, owing to new Covid-19 SOPs at the Dewan Rakyat that has limited proceedings till 2pm every day.

There have been rumblings among Opposition lawmakers and several government backbenchers over support for the Budget.

The RM322.5bil Budget 2021 was tabled in Parliament by Finance Minister Tengku Datuk Seri Zafrul Abdul Aziz on Nov 6. – The Star

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