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KUCHING, June 22: Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng should “know better” than to tell all and sundry that Sarawak will go bankrupt within three years under Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS).
Deputy Chief Minister Tan Sri Dr James Masing chided Lim for portraying the state’s financial standing “inaccurately” for the whole world to hear.
“Lim Guan Eng, as Minister of Finance, should know better than to tell the world inaccurately that Sarawak will go bankrupt in three years.
“It will dampen investor confidence in our economic standing. Lim Guan Eng is no longer in the opposition. Therefore, don’t sound like one,” emphasised Masing.
He added that Lim was duty bound to build the necessary confidence so that investors would come and invest in Sarawak.
Masing highlighted that the state had to spend more as the Pakatan Harapan-led federal government had failed to keep their promises to give Sarawak the necessary funding for infrastructures.
Lim had uttered the statement that riled Masing during DAP’s `Sarawak here we come’ dinner yesterday (June 21).
The Democratic Action Party (DAP) secretary-general said Sarawak will go bankrupt in three years’ time if it continues to be ruled by the GPS coalition. The state’s reserves of RM31 billion would be used up in three years if GPS keeps up its annual budget of RM11 billion. — DayakDaily