Not from reserves

Abang Johari (in excavator) with guests after officiating at the earth-breaking ceremony of Lingga Waterfront and Service Centre yesterday. Photo: Osman Razali.
CM refutes DAP claims, says projects financed by state income

LINGGA: Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg, in a jab at DAP Sarawak, said that the party has to polish up on its accounting and learn how to read the balance sheet.

He was responding to DAP leader and Pujut assemblyman Dr Ting Tiong Choon who on Thursday last week, claimed that Sarawak through the Development Bank of Sarawak (DBOS) has dipped into state reserves to finance infrastructure projects.

“No, I did not dip into our reserves. They are the ones who doesn’t know the banking theory, they should study it first, don’t be so daft,” he said when officiating at the earth-breaking ceremony of Lingga Waterfront and Service Centre here yesterday.

ALL DONE… Abang Johari giving the thumbs-up after performing the earth-breaking ceremony for Lingga Waterfront and GPS Lingga service centre yesterday. Also seen are (from second left) Lingga assemblywoman Simoi Peri; Batang Lupar MP Datuk Seri Rohani Abdul Karim; Law, State- Federal Relations and Project Monitoring Assistant Minister Datuk Sharifah Hasidah Sayeed Aman Ghazali; and State Secretary Datuk Amar Jaul Samion. Photo: Osman Razali

“They don’t know how the bank works. In the bank (DBOS) we have stashed our deposit, that fund will be used for loans. We also stash our reserves in other banks, not only DBOS.

Abang Johari said that any loans from DBOS will be settled within its contractual term, stressing that Sarawak has its sources of income to repay the loans.

“We have the incomes, it’s an entirely different matter if we don’t. We generate some RM10 billion in income annually. With the loan, bridges are completed, the people can get clean water and electricity. We are not inept,” he expressed.

“I ask them to go to business school and learn accounting. Learn how to read balance sheet. I myself am not that clever, but I know (how to read balance sheets),” he quipped.

The chief minister lambasted the efforts of Pakatan Harapan federal leaders to divide Sarawakians through Federal Village Community Management Council (MPKKP) and called on the people to remain united while rejecting any form of instigations from outsiders.

“We are a strong government and one that is focused. That is why they (Malayan leaders and parties) are aiming to divide us.

“Even now, their boat is being rocked. You can read the news, no need for me to tell you what they are fighting about. Sarawakians are peaceful people and we don’t want any infighting among ourselves,” he added.

Abang Johari said, in contrast to Malaya, there is no issue when it comes to race in Sarawak.

“When I became the chief minister, I am the chief minister for all, be it the Ibans, Chinese, Malays, Bidayuhs, Melanaus, everyone. I don’t pick sides,” he said.