Malaysian PM Anwar needs to pass national budget to show majority support in parliament: Experts

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Tabling and passing the national budget is seen as a vote of confidence from the whole Malaysian parliament, amid a challenge from former prime minister Muhyiddin Yassin who still insists he garners the majority support, say experts.

Malaysia's 10th prime minister Anwar Ibrahim (left) during his swearing-in ceremony. (Photo: AFP/POOL/Mohd Rasfan)

SINGAPORE: Top on new Malaysian prime minister Anwar Ibrahim’s agenda after taking office is to pass the national budget for 2023, which will also help strengthen his legitimacy in his new role, said experts.

The passing of the annual national budget is seen as a vote of confidence from the entire parliament, said Singapore Institute of International Affairs senior fellow Oh Ei Sun, and would help fend off the challenge from Perikatan Nasional (PN) leader Muhyiddin Yassin.

The former prime minister insisted that he held the majority support among the elected representatives, even as PM Anwar was being sworn in at the royal palace in Kuala Lumpur on Thursday (Nov 24).

THE NATIONAL BUDGET

Dr Oh told CNA's Asia Now that Mr Anwar tabling and passing the budget would be “proof of his majority in parliament”, given the circumstances in which he took office.

The 2023 national budget was tabled before th...

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