Malaysia: Budget 2022 passes first round as Harapan did not back bloc vote call

  • Budget 2022 has passed the policy stage with a voice vote in the Dewan Rakyat today, as Warisan and Pejuang’s attempt to call for a bloc vote failed to garner support from Pakatan Harapan.
  • At least 15 MPs need to be in support of a bloc vote before it can be triggered.
  • A bloc vote is where votes will be tallied among all MPs present and recorded in the Hansard.
  • Warisan and Pejuang were not signatories to a memorandum of understanding (MOU) between Harapan and Prime Minister Ismail Sabri Yaakob’s administration
  • Part of the agreement is for Harapan to support or abstain from the vote for Budget 2022 and any supply bill related to the budget.
  • As Dewan Rakyat speaker Azhar Azizan Harun called for a voice vote on the policy stage for Budget 2022, Azis Jamman (Warisan-Sepanggar) stood up to ask for a bloc vote.
  • Sepanggar MP Azis Jamman Other MPs such as Warisan president Shafie Apdal (Warisan-Semporna) as well as Shahruddin Md Salleh (Pejuang-Sri Gading) joined Azis’ call for a bloc vote.
  • Syed Saddiq Syed Abdul Rahman (Independent-Muar) also confirmed that he had supported the call.
  • The opposition coalition said they will continue to hold engagement sessions with the government over the budget.

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