Sarawak penniless just smear tactic

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KUCHING: The Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS) Backbenchers Club has shot down an accusation by online activist Iswardy Morni who claimed that the state government is unable to assist the people as it is strapped for cash.

“To say that the state government is penniless is untrue and is merely an accusation that is not backed by any facts and figures,” it said in a statement today, in response to the activist’s claim in a recent livestream on his Facebook page.

The club said the state government has always exercised financial prudence and through this approach, it has been able to maintain good financial ratings from notable credit rating agencies worldwide.

“This is reflected in its ability to roll out several assistances to the people through the Sarawakku Sayang Special Assistance (BKSS) which is worth more than RM4.5 billion divided over six iterations from BKSS 1.0 to 6.0.

“In BKSS 6.0, the state government also provided allocations for food aid programme distributed to residents affected by the movement control order (MCO) in all 82 state constituencies worth RM35.5 million.

“This is on top of the current expenditure to manage the spread of Covid-19 in the state which included quarantine, PCR swab and procurement of the equipment needed by the medical frontliners,” it said.

The club asked Iswardy, “Have you been on the ground and render your services to the people and help the affected?

“Or have you been too busy bickering on social media, making baseless accusations within the comfort of your home in Malaya – away from the reality and hardship of the locals here in the state?

“Do not ridicule the efforts of those on the ground who have been trying to make the lives of the people better each day,” it added.

The club said the constituents and locals in Sarawak know who are on the ground and who isn’t.

“While the smear tactics may work for your gullible audiences in Malaya, it won’t work here,” it added.