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Malaysia's COVID recovery hinges on budget vote: finance minister

Lawmakers poised to decide on $78bn plan -- and PM Muhyiddin's fate

Malaysian Finance Minister Tengku Zafrul Abdul Aziz, center, carries the 2021 budget to submit it to parliament in early November.   © Reuters

KUALA LUMPUR -- If Malaysia's lawmakers want to see a rebound from the COVID-19 pandemic, they would do well to pass the nation's largest-ever budget, Finance Minister Tengku Zafrul Abdul Aziz argued in a recent interview with Nikkei Asia.

"If they feel that [it] is right, then vote for it ... because for me this budget is for the people, economy and businesses," Tengku Zafrul said in the run-up to the vote in the lower house, which will also determine the disputed legitimacy of Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin's government.

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