The agreement between Prime Minister Ismail and the opposition is upheld, and the Malaysian budget is approved


With the discussion on Budget 2022 in Parliament on Monday, Malaysian Prime Minister Ismail Sabri Yaakob passed the first significant test of his leadership (Dec 13). In September, Datuk Seri Ismail’s confidence and supply agreement (CSA) with the major opposition coalition Pakatan Harapan (PH) ensured the measure’s survival. The Umno-led government agreed to many democratic changes as part of the agreement and poured an additional RM45 billion (S$14.6 billion) into Malaysia’s Covid-19 recovery program. Despite having reservations about the budget, PH did not protest to it in Parliament, implying that the Prime Minister, also Umno’s vice president, will be protected from a possible internal coup by those wanting a hasty election.
“Even if more funds have been allocated, they are insufficient to provide a balanced budget for everybody. Increasing the budget beyond the level of RM332 billion in Budget 2022 will have little effect on the debt or deficit, but it might be crucial in preserving lives and livelihoods “In November, PH said. With 90 members in Parliament, the People’s Party mostly abstained from voting on each budget item.
As part of the CSA, reforms such as lowering the voting age to 18 and elevating the status of eastern states Sabah and Sarawak as outlined in the Malaysia Agreement of 1963 are expected to be implemented by the end of the year. Mr. Ismail heads a government with an uneasy alliance comprising 114 members of the 222-seat Parliament, where two seats are currently vacant.


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