KUCHING: Sarawakians have been urged to not vote for the Opposition in the 15th General Election, especially the ones who are “bankrupt of ideas”.
Deputy Premier Datuk Seri Dr Sim Kui Hian said unlike the Opposition, Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS) knew what to do and how to look for extra revenue for Sarawak.
“The Land (Amendment) Bill 2022 passed at the State Legislative Assembly (DUN) will generate extra income for the state.
“Sarawak has been producing oil and gas for 100 years, and there are holes following the excavation. So, now we are going to get the carbon and put it back into the hole. And this will be another revenue for us.
“Because not only are we taking out the oil and gas, now we are going to be environmentally sustainable by putting back carbon dioxide, carbon dioxide from industry and solid waste and put it back in, this will be another RM3.5bil (income) for Sarawak.
“We have revenue from the collection of State Sales Tax (SST) amounting to RM3.5bil, and the state will have another RM3.5bil annually from storing carbon dioxide underground. How big is our budget from that?”
He told the media this when asked to comment on the proposed increase in DUN sitting allowance after his visit to the Batu Kawah Health Clinic today.
He said Sarawak would not go bankrupt as claimed by former finance minister Lim Guan Eng, the then Democratic Action Party (DAP) secretary-general.
“Only DAP is bankrupt, not only in money but in ideas also. They ask for public donations, yet to explain where the RM200mil go.
“So, that is why we need GPS, who knows what to do for Sarawak, who is competent, not bankrupt of ideas, and know how to look for money.”
Dr Sim urged all Sarawakians to work together with GPS to achieve the state’s agenda of high-income status by 2030.
“We only have eight more years to go. So all of us, if we work together, we will be number one in Gross Domestic Product (GDP), prosperous, strong and united.
“And we have to be financially and politically strong. We have one aim, and that is to negotiate for our rights under the Malaysia Agreement 1963, especially on matters of health and education.”