KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 25 — Repeated increases to Penang and Selangor’s spending belie the promises of lowered expenditure and tax cuts in Pakatan Harapan’s shadow budget, said Datuk Seri Abdul Rahman Dahlan.
Calling the pact’s alternative budget irresponsible, unrealistic and unsustainable, the minister in the Prime Minister’s Department highlighted that Penang’s operating expenditure more than tripled to RM825.9 million from 2007 to 2015 while Selangor went from RM1.15 billion to RM2.34 billion in the same period.
“In fact if they had spent wisely in their respective states, their operating expenditures would have decreased instead of the opposite,” he said in a statement.
He also pointed out that the pact’s other promises such as abolishing tolls and making education free were not accompanied by detailed plans on how to finance such plans beyond claims of fighting corruption.
The minister then urged the public to stop being “hoodwinked” by the opposition’s yearly promises, saying that the pledges did not consider the ramifications beyond the short term.
“These promises would not create jobs, boost income or reduce cost of living instead it would cause businesses to stop hiring, existing workers would lose their jobs, credit rating agencies would downgrade government bond ratings which will lead to higher borrowing costs for the government and many other catastrophic effects not only to the government but also directly to the people,” he said.
The federal opposition pact unveiled its alternative budget today, promising to repeal the GST and reintroduce fuel subsidies, among others.
The Barisan Nasional government will table its federal spending plan for 2018 on Friday.