Now Shahidan Says He Was Not Criticising Najib over Budget

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Perikatan Nasional Backbenchers’ Club chairman Shahidan Kassim has clarified reports of him criticising former Umno president Najib Razak.

“I didn’t mean to say (the) Pekan MP was the one rejecting the budget.

“The opposition were teasing me with shouts of ‘Pekan, Pekan’ and I might have tried to correct them,” the Arau MP told news portal FreeMalaysiaToday.

“What I meant to say was the former health minister (Dr Dzulkefly Ahmad),” said Shahidan.

During the Budget 2021 debate today, Shahidan said that those who plan to reject the budget were betraying Malaysians.

Midway through the debate, he had attacked Pakatan Harapan for not doing enough to contain the Covid-19 pandemic, attracting shouts from the opposition.

Shahidan, however, pointed out that several Umno MPs were critical of the budget.

“There are rumours that one or two Perikatan MPs will not support Budget 2021 and cause the government to fall.

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“This is a bad allegation against seasoned politicians such as Najib Razak (Pekan-BN), Ahmad Zahid Hamidi (Bagan Datuk-BN) and Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah (Gua Musang-BN). So, don’t accuse them of bad intentions.

“When they join BN, they are BN. And when BN is with Perikatan, they are Perikatan,” said Shahidan.

Najib, during his speech, said BN would only support the budget if the government agreed to extend the loan moratorium and allow EPF withdrawals of RM10,000 in one-lump sum. – TMI