Najib booed as opposition MPs stage walkout

Malaysian opposition MPs holding up placards asking "Who is MO1 (Malaysian Official 1)?" after staging a walkout in protest in Parliament while Prime Minister Najib Razak was tabling the country's next Budget in Kuala Lumpur on Friday. Datuk Seri Naj
Malaysian opposition MPs holding up placards asking "Who is MO1 (Malaysian Official 1)?" after staging a walkout in protest in Parliament while Prime Minister Najib Razak was tabling the country's next Budget in Kuala Lumpur on Friday. Datuk Seri Najib described the walkout as "disgraceful" and disrespectful to the Parliament and the people.PHOTO: REUTERS

Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak was booed by opposition MPs throughout his Budget speech on Friday, culminating in loud heckling when he accused the opposition of being without substance in their criticism of the government's handling of the economy.

The disturbance prompted the Speaker to ask lawmakers not interested in listening to the Budget to leave. Nearly the entire opposition bench walked out, describing the Budget as unrealistic.

"It looks good with many handouts, but where is the money coming from?" asked opposition leader Wan Azizah Wan Ismail.

Datuk Seri Najib described the opposition walkout as "disgraceful" and disrespectful to the Parliament and the people.

However, MPs from Parti Islam SeMalaysia (PAS) remained in the Chamber as Mr Najib continued, with PAS Youth chief Nik Abduh Nik Aziz slamming his opposition colleagues for not being professional.

UNREALISTIC BUDGET

It looks good with many handouts, but where is the money coming from?

OPPOSITION LEADER WAN AZIZAH WAN ISMAIL, on Prime Minister Najib Razak's Budget speech.

PAS has so far refused to join efforts to force Mr Najib, who is Umno president, to resign before a general election, and instead cooperated with the ruling party to push for stronger Islamic laws. Shannon Teoh

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on October 23, 2016, with the headline 'Najib booed as opposition MPs stage walkout'. Print Edition | Subscribe