By Lian Cheng
KUCHING, Nov 13: Piasau assemblyman Datuk Sebastian Ting is all for the banning of federal ministers harbouring ill intention to sabotage or disrupt Sarawak’s racial harmony and economic stability.
He expressed agreement with Muara Tuang assemblyman Datuk Idris Buang’s recent call to ban federal ministers who comes to the state with the intention to divide Sarawakians.
“The statement by the Federal Minister of Finance (Lim Guan Eng) as reported on June 21, 2019, that Sarawak under GPS (Gabungan Parti Sarawak) government would be bankrupt in three years was certainly uncalled for.
“He was being mischievous, to say the least, and indeed that statement could be construed as economic sabotage towards Sarawak and the people of Sarawak.
“This especially when Sarawak is aggressively promoting herself overseas for foreign direct investment to help spur the economic business activities for the benefit of Sarawak people,” Ting said when tabling a motion to adjourn the Sarawak Legislative Assembly (DUN) session today.
He cautioned that economic sabotage will cause irreparable damage, adversely affect growth and impacting the standard of living in the long run.
“The question here is, should these people be barred from entering Sarawak? I am of the humble opinion that they should be barred.
“In this respect, I concur and support the call by the Honourable Member of Muara Tuang to ban such people with bad intention to destabilise Sarawak. We must not be nice or kind to these people. They are not welcomed at all,” said Ting.
He said as at December 2018, Selangor reserves is RM2.1 billion and for Penang, as at November 2018, is RM1.09 billion. Sarawak’s reserves, as at June 2018, is RM31 billion.
“Sarawak has 15 times more reserves than Selangor and 30 times more than Penang. With these figures, not many people will believe that Sarawak would go bankrupt in three years, so long as Sarawak is governed by GPS, our own local based parties, and not by Malayan political parties.
“In any country in the world, the post of Minister of Finance is a senior post in the Cabinet. His statements will always be taken seriously and indeed have consequential impact on the economy of the country. He must therefore be mindful of the choice of words when he speaks,” said Ting. — DayakDaily