As GE15 talks loom, Justice Minister confirms tabling of 2023 budget on Friday


KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 3 – Justice Minister Datuk Seri Wan Junaidi Tuanku Jaafar today confirmed that the tabling of the 2023 budget will take place this Friday despite rumors that Parliament will be dissolved ahead of the tabling day.

He said this was based on reports from 10.30pm last night that the national financial plan for 2023 will be tabled on time.

“The budget will of course be presented. This is what I understood at 10.30pm last night as we have a “pre-council” and I was the last person to be with the Prime Minister (Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob).

‘I was told the budget would be presented on October 7 and if there are any changes after that I don’t know,’ he told a press conference in parliament today.

According to the parliament website, the Finance Bill 2023 will be tabled by Finance Minister Datuk Seri Tengku Zafrul Abdul Aziz at 4 p.m. on October 7.

Under the theme “Strengthening recovery, facilitating reforms towards sustainable socio-economic resilience of Malaysian families”, the bill will be discussed at the political level from October 11 to 26.

Debate at the committee level will begin from Nov. 3-23 before the bill is approved by the Dewan Rakyat.

Based on Parliament’s original schedule, the next Dewan Rakyat session was scheduled to last 31 days from October 26 to December 15, 2022, but it was brought forward to October 3 to speed up the tabling of the 2023 budget.

Meanwhile, the session is rumored to be the last session of the 14th Parliament due to speculation that Parliament will be dissolved several days after the tabling of the 2023 budget to pave the way for the upcoming national polls.


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