KUCHING, Oct 29: Political activist Datuk Peter Minos has told Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng to stop his hostile engagement with Sarawak-led Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS) government.
Instead of continuously bashing the state’s top leadership, especially when the DAP secretary-general is in Sarawak, he said it would be better for Lim to stop coming to the state instead.
“I’m perplex with Guan Eng’s tendency to run down Sarawak and its top government leaders. Last time, he openly said Sarawak would go ‘bankrupt’ against all the facts and if believed, would have gotten Sarawak into very serious financial trouble.
“That was very offensive and done in truly bad taste with ill intention, speaking as he did as Minister of Finance,” Minos said in a statement.
He had made reference to Lim, who said that Sarawak will go bankrupt in three years’ time if it continues to be ruled by GPS,
Lim, during DAP fund raising dinner here on June 21, said the state’s reserves of RM31 billion would be used up within three years if GPS keeps up its annual budget of RM11 billion.
To this, Minos said: “This time around, Lim deliberately pick a quarrel with our chief minister, no respect at all to Sarawak’s top leader and thus to Sarawak as a whole.
“What is wrong with Dap and its top leaders like Lim? Why show so much venom, hostility and hatred to Sarawak?”
Minos’ comment came in the wake of Lim denying that the Federal Village Community Management Council (MPKKP) is Pakatan Harapan government’s “weapon” to capture Sarawak in the coming state election due 2021.
Lim, in a statement yesterday, said he had never used such words and challenged Sarawak chief minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg to show proof that he (Lim) had referred to MPKKP in that manner.
When opening state DAP’s 19th annual convention in Miri on Sunday, the party secretary-general said the Finance Ministry was prepared to provide funds for the setting up of the MPKKP.
The federal government agreed with the setting up of the council to prepare for the coming state election, he added.
Following this, Abang Johari was reported to have said that the formation of the MPKKP was “clearly Pakatan Harapan’s ‘weapon’ to capture Sarawak”.
Lim described Abang Johari’s accusation against him as a “desperate” attempt by GPS to hide their “unholy alliance” with Umno and PAS.
Minos said it is better for Lim solve the many problems facing DAP, including the arrest of members accused of having connections with the disbanded Sri Lanka’s Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) terror group.
“There are also many contentious issues facing DAP in the peninsula that needs solution and requiring Guan Eng’s attention.
“Why come to peaceful Sarawak and stir things up for the sake of politicking? Is he trying to do some kind of diversion from his troubles in Peninsular Malaysia,” he said. — DayakDaily