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June 20, 2018

Baru ‘shocked’ by Sarawak deputy CM’s comments on state reserves

Filed under: Politics — Hornbill Unleashed @ 8:01 AM

Baru ‘shocked’ by Sarawak deputy CM’s comments on state reservesSARAWAK PKR chief Baru Bian today said he is shocked by Deputy Chief Minister James Masing’s statement on the use of state reserves.

“I was shocked to read the front-page news today, that Masing proposed to use up our reserves of RM31 billion before the next state elections, so that the incoming government will not have the chance to ‘look good’ in the eyes of Sarawakians when they use the money,” he said in a statement.

“This statement reflects his mentality – he is a politician first, and a deputy chief minister second – when it should be the other way around.

“For him, it is obviously not about the people any more, but about his political relevance and survival.

“This is, perhaps, the reason he comes up with the most ‘ingenious’ suggestions for Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS).”

Baru, who is also Selangau MP and Ba’kelalan assemblyman, said the reserves belong to the people of Sarawak, and are not for GPS to spend.

“They are supposed to manage our funds for the benefit of the people. They are not supposed to score in the popularity stakes.

“The statement by Masing is thoroughly irresponsible and selfish, and Sarawakians should be worried that this is the mindset of the deputy chief minister – someone who is entrusted with managing the affairs of the state.”

He said Sarawak folk need leaders who are prudent and will utilise state funds wisely, in accordance with the needs of the people, and not someone desperately thinking of ways to hinder the work of the new government.

“Every government is expected to invest in development, but Masing’s suggestion implies the rash spending of the RM31 billion in the next three years just because he does not want the new government to make use of the funds.

“If this suggestion is taken up, it will lead to unnecessary projects, wastage, leakages and, possibly, the implementation of projects without due diligence because of haste.”

Baru said such a spending spree could lead to borrowing, as government projects are known to exceed their projected budgets.

“Perhaps, Masing wishes the incoming Pakatan Harapan state government to be saddled with debts, too.”

He said the current government, “by whatever name it is called”, had more than 50 years to show that it did “care about Sarawak’s future”.

“Why is it that Masing chooses now to do it? By his own words, he is admitting that the government has, up to now, not done its best for the people of Sarawak, and that they have not cared about Sarawak’s future and they have not bothered about serving Sarawakians in the best possible way.”

He said in November 2013, when he suggested in the state assembly that the government utilise its reserves to repair the state’s many dilapidated schools, the state finance minister had shot down the idea.

“I wonder what the finance minister has to say now about Masing’s idea. Does he have the same consideration for future generations?”

He said Masing appears to be “too caught up” in his political agenda, and that his actions and words have shown that he fears GPS will lose in the 2021 state polls. – Bernama, June 19, 2018.

Source : The Malaysian Insight


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