If 2020 was tough for the people, one wonders how 2021 will turn out, JD Lovrenciear writes.
The outcome of the third and final vote to pass Budget 2021 in Parliament has implications that go beyond what analysts are saying.
It is not just about Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin and his team mates being saved by the skin of their teeth.
The RM322bn spending allocation for 2021 may sound like manna from heaven for an economy badly battered by the coronavirus pandemic amid Malaysia’s not-so-impressive war on corruption.
But the 111 ‘ayes’ over 108 ‘nays’ (with one MP absent and two others having passed away recently) have cut a deeper wound into the already badly battered political landscape of Malaysia.
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Government MPs celebrated with cries of “takbir!” (a proclamation of God’s greatness) while opposition MPs retorted “pengkhianat!” (traitors).
If 2020 was tough for the people, one wonders how 2021 will turn out, given the 50-50 tug-of-war in Parliament.
What we have just witnessed in the august House clearly echoes the sentiment all across the nation.
Do we blame the people or do we hold accountable an unelected government that seized the mantle to govern this nation without the mandate of the people?
Only time will tell.