Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Parliament uproar over DAP alternative budget

Bung (left) geed his colleague on in Parliament today. — file pic
Pakatan Rakyat (PR) and Barisan Nasional (BN) lawmakers argued today over DAP’s alternative budget for 2010, which allegedly made no allocations to improve the condition of Malays or the status of Islam.

Kota Belud MP, Datuk Abdul Rahman Dahlan, sparked the debate when he referred to the DAP proposal and expressed concern that the budget was silent about the Malay community and the country’s official religion.

“I looked at the DAP alternative budget for 2010. There is absolutely no allocation for Malays and Muslims in this budget. Nothing is allocated for religious schools. And PAS and PKR approves of this?” said Abdul Rahman.

His remarks were echoed by fellow BN lawmaker, Datuk Bung Mokhtar Radin, who said: “Speak, speak, let PAS know that there is no allocation for Islamic schools and Malay development.”

This, in turn, prompted shouts of protest from PAS MPs, Dr Dzulkefly Ahmad and Khalid Samad, who affirmed that the DAP budget was not reflective of a PR alternative budget.

At this point, Rembau MP, Khairy Jamaluddin, stood up and accused PR of “subcontracting” its alternative budget to DAP.

His statement further riled PR lawmakers, prompting parliamentarians from both sides to hurl abuse at one another.

Petaling Jaya Utara MP, Tony Pua, then pointed that, under the DAP-led PR government, allocations for the Islamic department in Penang increased tremendously, unlike when Penang was under BN.

As the furore continued, PAS’ Kota Raja MP, Dr Siti Mariah Mahmud, cited standing orders claiming that Abdul Rahman’s statement was aimed at “confusing” members of Parliament.

Deputy Speaker Datuk Ronald Kiandee subsequently managed to restore order to the House.

courtesy of Malaysian Insider

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