COMMENT | If he cannot be bothered to read the entire budget, he should at least read our section 2.2.2 aptly titled 'Can we afford to eliminate GST?'
International Trade and Industry Minister (MITI) Mustapha Mohamed is a capable albeit bland technocrat. We worked well together in the TPPA caucus, agreeing to disagree on many issues but always respectful in our dealings.
I am thus very surprised by the content of his press statement vilifying the Pakatan Harapan alternative budget without basis nor evidence.
On first glance, it is as if the statement was written by someone else and his name was added to it. I am sure that most of you are also asking the same question; why is the MITI minister commenting on our budget instead of the finance minister?
As head of the Pakatan Harapan budget committee, I am compelled to offer him this reply...