TAPAH (Oct 17): Caretaker Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob expects Budget 2023 to be presented again before year end.
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 a speech at a meet-and-greet programme with Rubber Industry Smallholders Development Authority (Risda) and Felcra Bhd smallholders at Arena Merdeka here on Monday (Oct 17).
Ismail Sabri gave his commitment to implementing all the initiatives in Budget 2023 that have been announced if he continues to be given the mandate as the PM after the 15th general election (GE15).
"If someone else takes over, I can't guarantee what have been promised. There is a difference between the Budget presented [but] 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.
Caretaker Finance Minister Tengku Datuk Seri Zafrul Tengku Abdul Aziz had presented Budget 2023, which involved an allocation of RM372.3 billion.
However, it has not been approved or debated in the Dewan Rakyat, following the dissolution of Parliament on Oct 10 after Ismail Sabri received the consent of Yang di-Pertuan Agong Al-Sultan Abdullah Ri'ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah.