Don’t promise the ‘sky’

SEDAR’S ‘RM100 FOR SARAWAKIANS AGED 18 AND ABOVE’ PLEDGE

KUCHING: Be responsible and don’t promise the ‘sky’ to the people, Tourism, Arts, Culture, Youth and Sports Minister Datuk Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah told Parti Sedar Rakyat Sarawak (Sedar) yesterday.

“It is easy to dangle the carrot and make promises, but it is not easy to fulfill the promises,” he said when contacted by New Sarawak Tribune.

He was responding to a statement made by Sedar president Datuk Othman Abdillah recently.

Othman claimed that if Sedar won all the 82 seats in the next state election, RM100 would be given monthly to all Sarawakians aged 18 and above.

He also claimed that the RM100 would be increased to RM300 or RM500 in due time under the purported Sarawak People’s Rights Fund programme.

Abdul Karim

Karim compared this to the Pakatan Harapan’s manifesto in the last general election; the party had promised to return 50 per cent of the tax to Sarawak on top of the 20 per cent oil and gas royalty.

“But after the election, these became empty promises,” he said as the current Pakatan Harapan federal government tried to sweep the promises that it made under a rug.

“Although we appreciate the effort to uplift the economic wellbeing of Sarawakians and bring good things to the state, being a ‘Santa Claus’ is not the way to do it,” he said.

Karim pointed out that Sedar should instead propose a blueprint on how the party would elevate Sarawak to greater heights.

“This includes means of getting back the diminished rights of the state that have been eroded through the years. Sarawakians will judge you for that,” he added.