SHAH ALAM: Dr. Mahathir Mohamad, Prime Minister, today dismissed the opposition's criticism that Pakatan Harapan's national budget is copying and pasting.
He responded to the comments of Ahmad Zahid Hamidi and other opposition Barisan Nasional (BN) leaders yesterday.
"He (Zahid) can say what he wants because he has no power. We do not count billions in ringgit," he told reporters after the "Gaya Hidup Sihat" event at today's Setia Municipal Congress Center. It refers to debts incurred under the BN rule.
Also Deputy Minister of Health Dzulkefly Ahmad and Lee Boon Chye were present.
According to the criticisms of the PAS MPs, the federal government has left Kelantan and Terengganu in its budget, Mahathir said, "We have a program, we give money to Kelantan."
However, he did not specify whether it was cash or royalties.
Zahid allegedly said that the 2019 budget, presented by Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng, does not have "enjoyment" for people, but only focuses on government revenue.
He said the opposition as a whole rejected the budget, adding that the budget was more favorable to the government than the people.
Other umno-deputies considered that the budget was copying and pasting, and stated that the announced announcement was merely a continuation of BN's programs in the past.
Vice President Puan Tuan Ibrahim Tuan Man and Tumpat, Che Abdullah Md Nawi, said it was unfair that the PH government ignored Kelantan and Terengganu in the budget.
Ahmed Fadhli Shaari Pasir Mas Ahmed Fadhli Shaari was alike upset that he was not a Kelantan-specific project, although Lim himself said last week that it was a "poor and unsuccessful state".