The 2023 budget will be presented again before the end of the year, Prime Minister Ismail Sabri Yaakob said today.
He said Budget 2023 must be debated and approved in the Dewan Rakyat so that the essence of the federal budget can be implemented.
"We have announced the budget. We want to give the people several goodies but the budget has yet to be approved," he said in his speech at a meet and greet programme with Risda and Felcra smallholders at Arena Merdeka in Tapah today.
Ismail voiced his commitment to implement all of the initiatives in the 2023 Budget if he continues to be given the mandate as prime minister in the 15th general election.
"If someone else takes over, I can't guarantee what has been promised. There is a difference between the budget presented not approved and the manifesto which is a promise.
"When the budget is presented, it means funds are available. That's the difference. The money is already there, just waiting for approval to be implemented," he said.
On Oct 7, Finance Minister Tengku Zafrul Aziz presented the 2023 Budget which involved an allocation of RM372.3 billion.
However, it was not approved or debated in the Dewan Rakyat following the dissolution of Parliament on Oct 10 after Ismail received the consent of Yang di-Pertuan Agong Sultan Abdullah Sultan Ahmad Shah.