SHAH ALAM: General elections and the 2023 National Security Budget. Malaysia’s ninth prime minister, DS Ismail Sabri announced the dissolution of Parliament on October 10, paving the way for the 15th general elections. The dissolution came just three days after the 2023 national budget was proposed in Parliament.
With the announcement, the 2023 proposed national budget remained in limbo until the next government comes into power and proposed it in a parliamentary session. Does this mean what was announced last Friday – including the national security budget – will not be approved? Yes, and it is up to the next government to come with the proposal.
If its BN dominated government and led by Ismail and the same finance minister, it is likely the proposals tabled on Friday could be re-proposed. If it is a new government with BN majority though with a different PM, it may still table the same budget proposal with some changes especially the ones specifically relating to the ninth PM (Keluarga Malaysia things for an example). A government led by the opposition will produce a totally new budget proposal.
What about the national security budget then? For the first scenario, I am assuming there will be no changes. For the second scenario I foresee some changes especially in projects which contracts have not been signed yet. Things only with LOI might see changes to the local companies. Not for the Anka though as I see it to be safe whomever becomes the Prime Minister even if it was from the opposition.
If the opposition takes over the government, deals in the pipeline via direct negotiations like the 4X4 vehicles will be cancelled. The LCS project may well be scrapped as the opposition designated PM, DS Anwar Ibrahim is already on record as saying just that.
That said, I am aware many politicians do take what they said very lightly so it will not be surprising if he will not make good on his claim.
As for whom to be appointed to Jalan Padang Tembak, I will say it is too early to make predictions now. Let us wait for the dust to settles first.
— Malaysian Defence