Malaysian government survives knife-edge 2021 budget vote

Malaysia’s parliament endorsed the government’s 2021 budget on Thursday, averting a political crisis that would likely have seen the government fall if the spending proposals had been blocked.After three weeks of debate, a two-member majority proved enough for the spending bill to pass, after an inconclusive voice vote was followed by lawmakers opposed to the budget standing to be counted.Among those objecting to the budget was Mahathir Mohamad, whose unexpected resignation as prime minister in February paved the way for his home affairs minister Muhyiddin Yassin to take over as premier.Mahath…

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