Sarawak’s financial management among the best in Malaysia, says Awang Tengah

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KUCHING, June 23: Sarawak practices one of the best financial management among all the other states in Malaysia according to the findings of the Auditor General (AG) reports.

Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Amar Awang Tengah Ali Hasan, reacting to Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng’s remark that Sarawak would to be bankrupt in the next three years, said what Lim said was just a political gimmick based on false facts.

“He is belittling Sarawakians. Sarawakians are not stupid. This has been proven over the consecutive years that Sarawak has one of the best financial management.

“This isn’t political. This is according to the AG Report,” he told reporters after attending the Ramah Tamah Aidilfitri Dangsanak event at Penview Convention Centre (PCC) here this afternoon.

Awang Tengah said if Lim thought he could do better, then the latter should prove it by showing what he could do in improving the Malaysian economy.

“We wait and see (how Lim improves the Malaysian economy). To me he is very arrogant, as if saying Sarawakians are stupid.

“Enough is enough. We don’t want to be used as their political tool anymore,” said Awang Tengah.

Lim on June 21 claimed Sarawak would go bankrupt under the Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS) rule unless Pakatan Harapan (PH) takes over, during DAP’s “Sarawak Here We Come” fundraising dinner.

Basing his claims on the state budget of RM11 billion for this year against the state’s reserves of RM30 billion, he implied the reserve would be used up within three years and the state would go bankrupt.

Lim’s statement has drawn flak from many GPS political leaders and other Sarawak-based parties such as State Reform Party (STAR) and Parti Bumiputera Kenyalang. — DayakDaily