Wednesday , November 25 2020

Voting on the budget could be postponed if lawmakers agree, the academic said



Voting for the 2021 budget is scheduled for Thursday (November 26th). (Bernama picture)

KUALA LUMPUR: Devan Rakijat’s budget debate could continue if lawmakers agree, in a bid to find the best deal between the government bloc and the opposition, a law lecturer said today.

Late Professor Shamrahayu Abdul Aziz of the International Islamic University said the budget vote could be postponed if a budget agreement could not yet be reached among lawmakers and a more detailed discussion would be needed.

“Assuming there are some things that cannot be agreed upon and require more specific research, then the vote on the bill could be postponed,” Shamrahayu said.

“For example, if the debate is set at 10 days, then it can be continued because it is in (national) interest; “Compared to other laws, the 2021 Supply Bill is the most important,” Shamrahayu said as he participated in the Ruang Bikara program.

The budget debate is expected to continue on the ninth day in Devan Rakijat tomorrow before the end by the relevant minister. The vote is scheduled for Thursday (November 26th).

Shamrahayu said amendments could be made to add or remove any item or previous suggestion if needed.

“If the government accepts (the amendments), then it is allowed. What is important is that when a debate takes place, MPs can propose, add or remove a bill. “If the justification is good and the government is open to the idea, it can be accepted,” she said.


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