Budget bill nearly derailed by 1 vote

Melati A. Jalil Yasmin Ramlan

Prime Minister Najib Razak presenting Budget 2018 on October 27. Part of the budget was nearly derailed today. – The Malaysian Insight file pic, November 20, 2017.

THE government narrowly won the debate on a portion of Budget 2018 at the committee stage by one vote in the Dewan Rakyat tonight, as chaos erupted in the house after the opposition attempted to call for a division vote when few Barisan Nasional MPs were present.

Debate on the Supply Bill’s portion for the Domestic Trade, Cooperatives and Consumerism Ministry had just wrapped up when G. Manivanan (PKR-Kapar) called for a division vote.

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