The federal 2020 Budget is again a Malaya-centric budget with Pakatan Harapan (PH) failing to keep its promise of 30 per cent development expenditure for Sabah and Sarawak.
Local Government and Housing Minister Datuk Seri Dr Sim Kui Hian said that if the 2020 State Budget was compared with the federal 2020 Budget, there was a big difference.
“Malaysia’s number one accountant claims that Sarawak is going bankrupt in three years. With the state’s surplus budget, this poor doctor who is bad in accounting is unsure who is going bankrupt first,” he said yesterday.
Dr Sim pointed out that Sarawak lost out on funding for development projects, was treated as a stepchild and was given only small leftovers despite contributing greatly to the federal coffers through taxes and more so from the exploitation of its oil and gas.
“The 2020 Budget does not fulfill PH’s sweet promises contained in its election manifesto and those made during its election campaign.
“Consistently, we see and hear PH leaders giving excuses for their weaknesses and failures by conveniently blaming the previous government. Worse still, what happened to DAP’s famous CAT (Competency, Accountability, Transparency) tagline?” he said.
Dr Sim urged Sarawak PH members in the State Legislative Assembly to speak for Sarawak first.
“Don’t be takut (scared) to speak up for Sarawak in Kuala Lumpur. Don’t just berani (dare) to speak for Malaya in Sarawak sahaja (only).
“It’s time for all Sarawakians for Sarawak, enough of Malaya sharing Sarawak’s prosperity. Enough of tengok sahaja (see only). Let Sarawak share Malaya’s prosperity,” he said.