Abdul Karim: PM passes his litmus test to lead country

Datuk Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah

By Peter Sibon

KUCHING, Nov 26: The passing of Budget 2021 in Parliament today has indicated that Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin has passed his litmus test in leading the country amidst the Covid-19 pandemic, said PBB vice-president Datuk Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah.

He added that with the passing of Budget 2021, the prime minister could now lead the country without hindrance.

“I’m happy that the MPs have given their endorsement to the 2021 Budget. I can’t imagine the uncertainty that would be created if the Budget is not passed. At least now PM and his Cabinet can move on and manage the country in this trying time when we are facing the Covid-19.

“I hope all parties should let PM to run the country peacefully without any ‘disturbances’,” Abdul Karim told DayakDaily here today.

When asked whether the passing of the bill would mean that the opposition MPs did not object as opposed to what has been widely speculated prior to this, Abdul Karim said, “Since only 13 MPs stand up to object…I presume many of the opposition supported the Bill”.

The Muhyiddin’s administration, which has been described as a ‘backdoor government’ by the opposition only has three majority seats in the 222-seat Parliament.

For the record, Muhyiddin was appointed as prime minister by the Yang di-Pertuan Agong after Pakatan Harapan government collapsed after former Prime Minster Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad resigned from his post in February, 2020.

The Budget 2021 was passed in Parliament this afternoon after it was read for the third time by Finance Minister Datuk Seri Tengku Zafrul Tengku Abdul Aziz. — DayakDaily