By Dzulkifly Ahmad
Analysis In what was Deputy Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak’s maiden speech as a Finance Minister, he has cast more doubts about his alleged or perceived â€˜financial prowess’ of being better than prime minister when it comes to managing the economy.
Hopes quickly evaporated midway through his delivery of his â€˜stimulus package’ to bolster the economy. It has nothing to do with his refusal to allow the Opposition Leader and MPs to interject during his delivery – an unprecedented move strangely condoned by the Speaker.
Firstly, quite unsolicited, he decided to take a pot-shot at the Pakatan Rakyat’s budget – perhaps more accurately the Opposition Leader Anwar Ibrahim – by accusing that the Pakatan budget was “contractionary” as opposed to their “expansionary” one.
He cunningly reminded everyone, that the nation will be in greater trouble – like during the 97-98 financial crisis – if we were to pursue Pakatan’s budget.