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Only 3% For The Chinese And Indians: Lim Guan Eng Questions PM Over Disparity In Budget 2022 Allocations

Only 3% For The Chinese And Indians: Lim Guan Eng Questions PM Over Disparity In Budget 2022 Allocations

Lim Guan Eng had taken Ismail Sabri to task for the huge difference in allocations.

Fernando Fong

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DAP chairman Lim Guan Eng demands an explanation from Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob.

The former finance minister said the Indian and Chinese are getting less than 3 per cent of what the Bumiputera and Orang Asli get in Budget 2022.

Calling it unfair, Lim wants to know why the Chinese and Indian communities were discriminated against regarding allocations.

In Budget 2022, RM11.4 billion was allocated for the Bumiputera community, while the Orang Asli community received RM274 million.

The Chinese and Indian communities got RM345 million.

If we include the RM274 million allocated to the Orang Asli community in the Bumiputera column, the RM345 million for the Chinese and Indian communities is less than 3% of the RM11,674 million for the Bumiputera and Orang Asli communities.

DAP chairman Lim Guan Eng on the disparity in allocation across the different ethnic communities.

Lim, an accountant by training, stressed that no one is against allocating to the Bumiputera and Orang Asli communities.

However, it was a valid concern when the Chinese and Indian communities were handed out RM345 million, which is less than 3% of the RM11,674 million.

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Lim, who holds a bachelor’s degree in economics, said the budget is race-specific and not based on needs.

The Bagan MP added that it erodes the confidence that the upcoming Budget 2023 will be impartial and fair as promised by Ismail Sabri.

A Common Truth

Lim also cited Malay economists to back his assertion.

Muhammed Abdul Khalid, previously an economic adviser to former prime minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad, said Budget 2022 lacked fairness.

He also pointed out the disparity in allocations between the Bumiputera and non-Bumiputera communities.

Speaking on a talk show on Budget 2022, he also said that the Chinese and Indians get only around 3% of what the Bumiputera community received.

What is important to me, as a Muslim, is the concept of fairness. Where is fairness There are indeed many rich Chinese, but many are also poor. Are we being fair?

Economist Muhammed Abdul Khalid questioning the disparity in allocation between the Malays and non-Malays.

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Budget 2023 will be tabled on 7 October.

Working hard, Ismail Sabri has said he wants to table Budget 2023 himself instead of the Finance Minister as customary.


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