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Transport ministry budget makes 13-0 for PN

The allocation was passed by bloc vote, 109 to 94.

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The budget for the transport ministry was passed through bloc vote after the debate at the committee level today, marking the 13th victory for the Perikatan Nasional government.

The RM6.05 billion allocation was supported by 109 MPs while 94 voted against it and 17 were absent.

Earlier today, the budget for the works ministry was also passed, by voice vote.

The ministry had been allocated about RM7.3 billion in the 2021 budget.

The allocations for 11 ministries were passed last week: the Prime Minister’s Department (bloc vote), finance ministry (bloc vote), national unity, foreign affairs, plantation industries and commodities (bloc vote), agriculture and food industries, rural development, energy and natural resources, international trade and industry (bloc vote), domestic trade and consumer affairs, and entrepreneur development and cooperative.

The budget for 2021 – RM322.5 billion, the country’s largest ever – was passed at the policy stage on Nov 26 in what was seen as a crucial test of support for Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin.

It was passed by voice vote after the opposition failed to garner enough support to force a bloc vote.

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