MOF should not play politics, said Sebastian Ting
SUPP is shocked that a high profile Minister of Finance, Lim Guan Eng would play politics against a State Minister instead of attending to the issue at hand.
Minister of Tourism, Arts, Culture, Youth and Sports Datuk Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah had voiced out his concern that Sarawak government has not received RM2.7 million in tourism tax collection from the Federal government.
Instead of addressing the issue with a proper reply to Karim, as expected of from the Minister of Finance, Lim, seemed to be emotionally charged with his outburst and indeed demanded payment of RM2.5 billion debt Sarawak allegedly owed to the Federal Government, in particular the payment of a sum of RM50 million, allegedly overdue to the Federal government, said Secretary general, Datuk Sebastian Ting.
He said the Tourism Tax and Sarawak alleged debt are two totally different things and people on the ground can differentiate the difference but the Minister of Finance, not only failed to see the difference but instead became emotionally angry and to a greater extend , childish. Most Sarawak people have no good words for him on his outburst.
“People are asking and wish to remind Lim to watch his video recording which went viral before and during PRU14. This will perhaps refresh his memory of what he had said and promised to the people of Sarawak and Sabah. Many Sarawakians and maybe Sabahans too were impressed and were indeed supportive of Lim and DAP when they saw the video of Lim on the formation of Malaysia, especially on the equal partners status of Sarawak and Sabah. Lim used strong words and loud too, almost shouting to stress his point of the unfair treatment towards Sarawak and Sabah,” said Ting.
Recalling the incident, Ting said Lim had said very firmly that without Sabah and Sarawak, there is no Malaysia. He repeatedly said that Sarawak, Sabah and Federated States of Malaysia formed Malaysia and that Sabah and Sarawak are equal partners. He also asked why were they (Sabah and Sarawak) treated as just one of the states and even said Sabahan and Sarawakians were angry as they saw the highways that Malaya has enjoyed while they were deprieved of them.Lim further said it is time to honour the Malaysia Agreememt 63 and stressed that why they (Sabah and Sarawak) only got 5 percent oil royalty, instead of more.
Ting reckoned that now Lim is the Finance minister, people on the ground are asking him to make good of his promises and must not be angry when reminded of his promises.
Lim, he said, must not give the impression to the ordinary people on the ground that he is only good and effective as an opposition and nothing more.
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