Monday, 17 October 2011

Nurul Izzah: We will distribute 40,000 alternative Budget booklets

Pakatan Rakyat (PR) will distribute 40,000 booklets summarising its alternative Budget to all its constituencies starting today to help get word of its fiscal plans to ground.

PKR vice-president Nurul Izzah Anwar said the booklet will include opposition leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim’s speech on Tuesday outlining the main thrusts of PR’s “shadow Budget”.

Copies will be given to members of the public free of charge.

“It’s a start but at least we realise that without traction and support from the ground, there’s no use talking,” Nurul Izzah told a 150-strong crowd at the PR Alternative Budget Forum here last night.

The opposition coalition believes it can cap government expenditure at RM220 billion and boost earnings by nine per cent to RM181 billion without new taxes, resulting in a 4.4 per cent deficit.

The alternative budget expects to raise RM15.5 billion through auctions of approved permits (APs), higher oil prices and by reintroducing import tax on 200 luxury items that was lifted by Barisan Nasional (BN) last year.

PR has also proposed Putrajaya set aside RM22 billion for subsidies and another RM5.9 billion to raise the wages of 1.3 million civil servants, citing rising cost of living.

But BN lawmakers are not convinced PR can cap national expenditure, claiming the opposition has failed to do so in states it controls.

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