Anwar raises doubt over Muhyiddin’s RM250 billion package

Anwar said the stimulus package, meant to cushion the impact of economically restrictive measures taken by government to curb the spread of Covid-19 infections, should be debated in Parliament when the lower house convenes in May. Source (pic): TTF

انور تيمبولكن كراڬوان ڤاكيج رم250 بيلياون محي الدين

Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim raised some doubt regarding transparency and implementation associated with Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin’s RM250 billion stimulus package.

Anwar was concerned that history would repeat itself with the government allocation giving rise to complacency and leakages.

“If history is anything to go by, the devil is in the details,” said Anwar.

“Will the money go straight to the recipient or will there be cuts, leakages and mini thefts along the way. These are matters that we must look into closely.


SUBANG JAYA: Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim raised some doubt regarding transparency and implementation associated with Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin’s RM250 billion stimulus package.

According to a news report, the PKR president said those responsible for handling the huge amounts should be scrutinised.




Anwar was concerned that history would repeat itself with the government allocation giving rise to complacency and leakages.

“If history is anything to go by, the devil is in the details,” said Anwar.

“Will the money go straight to the recipient or will there be cuts, leakages and mini thefts along the way

These are matters that we must look into closely.

“This is so that politicians or government officials with poor records and history of stealing are not in charge.”

Anwar said the stimulus package, meant to cushion the impact of economically restrictive measures taken by government to curb the spread of Covid-19 infections, should be debated in Parliament when the lower house convenes in May.

According to him, it is the practice of democratic countries to debate such government initiatives to ensure proper implementation and minimise the risk of embezzlement.

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“Who will be able to monitor these stimulus packages? In democratic countries like Australia, Japan and South Korea, they allow such things to be debated in Parliament so they can be monitored,” said Anwar during a Facebook Live session today.

“When you add RM250 billion to a stimulus package, questions like ‘Where does the money come from, how are we going to repay these loans and how can we monitor the implementation of these packages?’ will arise.

“I urge the prime minister to give this serious consideration so we can debate or support this initiative in Parliament. This to ensure that everyone gets the allocation that they deserve and stimulate the economy again.”

Anwar was mixed with his praise, first welcoming the six-month moratorium on loan repayments by banking institutions before pointing out that interest will still be charged.

He added, if interest is still charged, once the six-month period is up, borrowers would still have to repay the amount which will be a burden to them.

He urged the government to look into this matter and re-evaluate its benefits.

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