DAP Secretary General, Lim Guan Eng has urged PH Members of Parliament to call for a bloc vote on Monday, after previously ignoring one on Thursday.
In a statement released this afternoon, Guan Eng said that the bloc vote was to protest against the Cabinet’s decision to grant a RM100 million government property to former Prime Minister, Datuk Seri Najib Razak.
Najib’s application came to light after former Prime Minister, Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad asked the Government to confirm Najib’s request during Thursday’s Parliament sitting.
Finance Minister, Tengku Zafrul Abdul Aziz then confirmed that the application had been accepted and discussed by the Cabinet.
This led to Warisan President, Datuk Seri Panglima Shafie Apdal and eleven other Opposition MPs calling for a bloc vote to object Prime Minister, Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri’s Budget 2022.
The twelve MPs who supported the bloc vote are from Warisan (7 MPs), Pejuang (4 MPs) and MUDA (1 MP).
But the bloc vote did not materialise, as it was three short of the required quorum.
None of the PH MPs stood up to support the call for a bloc vote, after signing a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Ismail Sabri to support or abstain from the vote for Budget 2022.
Attempt for a bloc vote failed, as no PH MP supported the motion
For the record, a bloc vote will only materialise when at least 15 MPs agrees to do so.
The budget has now passed the first stage and proceeded to the committee stage.