PETALING JAYA: Veteran DAP Lim Kit This afternoon questioned whether MP Umno will split into two factions when he chooses or rejects next year’s budget.
He said while President Umno Ahmad Zahid Hamidi previously said all 43 BN parliamentarians would pledge to support the 2021 Budget, this did not prevent Vice President Umno Khaled Nordin yesterday from declaring that lawmakers must support, reject or abstain from conscientious budget-based voting.
“Khaled suggested that members of parliament Umno be allowed to drop ranks with his party when voting on the 2021 Budget in the People’s Council if they do not agree with the fiscal document,” Lim said in his statement today.
“So, will the 38 Umno MPs split into two factions, with one vote against the 2021 Budget and overthrow Muhyiddin Yassin as prime minister?”
MP Iskandar Puteri also pointed out that veteran Umno Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah has also asked lawmakers to think about the interests of their constituents and not just obey party orders when deciding how to vote.
Lim said this led BN Secretary General Annuar Musa to reject Tengku Razaleigh’s remarks as “his personal view”, then issued a warning to Umno MPs that those who thought of voting against the party line risked election consequences.
Lim also noted that former prime minister Najib Razak, in his inaugural address as the new chairman of the Barisan Nasional (BN) Backbenchers’ Club, only expressed conditional support for next year’s budget.
The National Bond Coalition has a slim majority in Parliament and there is speculation that Umno MPs may vote against the budget on Thursday.
A vote on the budget could result in a quick poll for a country that is battling an increase in Covid-19 cases, which it says is a direct result of the September 26 election in Sabah.