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Sunday, September 30, 2012

Kit Siang: PM's budget tirade belies his fears

That Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak's budget announcement on Friday  turned into an electioneering speech highlighted his underlying fears, says DAP supremo Lim Kit Siang.
"It is evident that the 2013 Budget hides a very unconfident Najib who is haunted and hounded by the phobia that his fourth budget speech as finance minister may be the last Umno and BN budget in Parliament.

NONE"...Najib devoted more than 10 percent of his budget speech in a blatant electioneering appeal for continued support for Umno and BN while launching a most improper attack on Pakatan Rakyat," he said.

Lim (left) questioned whether as premier, Najib had reflected "class" and "standard" by dedicated the last 14 paragraphs of his speech to glorify Umno and BN while condemning Pakatan.
Chest thumping
He also took a dig at the premier who during the budget speech quoted Plato's words -"The measure of a man is what he does with power" - in urging support for BN.

"Despite all the chest-thumping and braggadocio of supreme confidence that Malaysia will witness six more budgets to be tabled by the Umno/BN government...

"Najib has continued to play the role of Shakespeare's Hamlet, agonising over whether 'to dissolve or not to dissolve,Parliament' since last year," he said.

Lim also blasted Deputy Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin for denying that the budget was not an election budget despite the slew of goodies that were announced.

"The Umno and BN government leaders suffer from the dual terminal ailments of a denial complex and an unprecedented credibility gap.

Umno and BN leaders continue to suffer from the false sense that they could transform Malaysian politics into a world of make-believe and get ordinary Malaysians to believe (them)..." he said.

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