The government has deferred the tabling of Budget 2021 from 2 October to 6 November 2020, according to Dewan Rakyat Speaker Tan Sri Mohamad Ariff Md Yusof. This comes following a revision to the schedules of the second and third meetings in the third term for the 14th Parliament.
According to Tan Sri Mohamad Ariff, the second meeting will now be held for 25 days starting from 13 July to 27 August, except for 30 July as well as 19 and 20 August due to Aidiladha and Awal Muharram. The meeting agenda includes debating the Yang di-Pertuan Agong’s address (delivered on 18 May), among other businesses. Previously, this meeting was expected to last only for 15 days.
Consequently, the third meeting is postponed. Originally slated to be held from 28 September to 26 November, the third meeting will now be held from 2 November to 15 December. This subsequently caused the tabling of Budget 2021 to be pushed back to 6 November.
Meanwhile, the tabling of the 12th Malaysia Plan will also be delayed to a later date, to be announced in time. It was initially scheduled on 6 August.
“The decision was made by the government after taking into consideration the Covid-19 outbreak, which has impacted the country’s economy, and to allow the government to assess the situation further by engaging with all stakeholders,” said Tan Sri Mohamad Ariff.