Pantai Merdeka assemblyman Datuk Ali Yahya took the Opposition to task for not uniting. File pic by SHARUL HAFIZ ZAM.

ALOR STAR: Pantai Merdeka assemblyman Datuk Ali Yahya today chided the Opposition for failing to put up a united front.

The Barisan Nasional assemblyman said since the debate session on the state 2018 Budget began yesterday, the Opposition has failed to stand as one.

He cited an example when (PKR-Bakar Arang) Ooi Tze Min stood up to criticise (Pas-Merbau Pulas)

Datuk Siti Ashah Ghazali over the issue of statues deemed offensive in Kulim.

“They (the opposition) always say that they want to form a government but are they a worthy alternative when they are not even united?” he asked when debating the state 2018 Budget on Tuesday.

Ali also took a swipe at Datuk Seri Mukhriz Mahathir (PPBM-Ayer Hitam) for joining the opposition fray after losing his post as the menteri besar.

When (PKR-Bukit Selambau) Dr R. Krishnamoorty stood up to ask if he agrees that the budget tabled by Kedah Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Ahmad Bashah Md Hanipah (BN-Bakar Bata) is election oriented, Ali said he saw no wrong in admitting the fact.

“Yes we are going to have an election so there is nothing wrong to say it is for the election. Kedahans were waiting for the budget because they want to know what is in store for them.

“This budget is the best budget in the last five years and the five years before (when Kedah was under the Pas-led government),” he said.

On another matter, Ali said the RM200 cash aid by the state government should also be extended to flood victims who did not relocate to relief centres as they also suffered losses too.

He said there are many reasons some flood victims choose not to move to shelters. This include the fact that some could stay in the upper levels of their homes while waiting for floodwaters to recede.

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