By Jaythaleela K
MIRI, Oct 15: DAP lawmaker Dr Ting Tiong Choon has described Budget 2020 as a significant improvement for the state, and that the ruling Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS) has nothing to complain about.
The Pujut assemblyman even described the national Budget 2020 as “the best so far”, gearing up the nation towards the new economy in the next five years, when compared to the previous Barisan Nasional (BN) regime.
“Even though the budget was not as we are expected, because we cannot do everything at once.
“I see there are improvements and we are getting more than before. We (Pakatan) do one step at a time,” he told a press conference after visiting SMK Dato Permaisuri Miri today.
Dr Ting was commenting on the Budget 2020 tabled by Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng in Parliament last Friday (Oct 11).
When asked to comment on the frustrations expressed by the majority of GPS politicians, especially on allocations given to Sarawak, he opined that GPS really has nothing much to complain as they might not have expected that Pakatan can produce a good budget.
“Even during the Budget presentation, half of the MPs (including GPS) left the Parliament, because they know that there are nothing for them to complain, and the fact that this is the best budget,” he claimed.
Dr Ting advised GPS to look at themselves in the mirror, rather than expressing their displeased over the Budget 2020 for the sake of making noises.
“I do hope for this coming state Budget presentation, Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg can present a similar budget that is fair to all communities and not just splash the money unnecessarily,” he said.
On a different note, Dr Ting said a new four-storey school block will be built at SK Anchi to replace three old and dilapidated blocks, which are in dire need for repairs, as it is infested by termites.
The tender for the RM8 million project has been given out and construction is expected to commence next year, he added.
The new building, which consists of 12-classrooms, is expected for completion within 18 months. SK Anchi has 52 students. — DayakDaily