Datuk Sebastian Ting expresses his disappointment with PH government
Secretary General of SUPP, Datuk Sebastian Ting who is also Piasau State Assemblyman expressed SUPP disappointment and grave concern that the Federal Government and DAP Lim Guan Eng continue to bully Sarawak and Sarawakians and place Sarawak and Sarawakians as least priority in their list.
This time their target is our rural school children.
He said SUPP strongly supports Dennis Ngau, Telang Usan Assemblyman and is in full agreement with him in his recent call for PH Governemt to do a ” reverse U – Turn ” on the RM1 billion contra loan deal.
He pointed out that the majority of the people of Sarawak are not happy with the PH-led Federal Government and DAP Lim Guan Eng with their clear intention of bully Sarawakians especially our rural students by “u-turn” their initial agreement announced by the Federal Education Minister on 20 February 2019 to allow the Sarawak Government’s RM 1 billion debt with the Federal Government to be used to upgrade the dilapidated schools in Sarawak.
Education, he added is under Federal and it is the obligation of the Federal Government to look for money to maintain and repair the dilapidated schools. This was agreed upon in the Malaysia Agreement 1963 (MA63) when we formed Malaysia.
This they failed to so.
Then came the first offer by our Chief Minister Datuk Patinngi Abang Zohari, which was not accepted by PH Government that Sarawak Government, on behalf of our people , Sarawakians, would arrange to come out with RM1 billion, as a loan to the Federal Government to repair of these dilapidated schools in rural areas.
The second offer by our Chief Minister Datuk Patinngi was accepted by PH Federal Government that the RM1 billion would be considered
as advanced debt repayment to PH Government by our Sarawak Government and the said amount of RM1 billion would be used to repair of these dilapidated schools in rural areas.
This offer was accepted in February 2019 as per the announcement by Minister of Education on behalf of PH Federal Government.
Now , our people of Sarawak are being told this week as disclosed by our Minister of Science and Techological Research Dato Sri Michael Manyin that this deal to help our rural school children is now off.
Today, said Ting, we read in the newspapers that our Chief Minister, as reported, said
that Minister of Finance DAP Lim Guan Eng wanted Sarawak Government to pay our money of RM1 billion allocation for repair those dilapidated schools to the Ministry of Finance first, meaning in advance to Lim Guan Eng’s Ministry.
Our Chief Minister further said
” He (Lim Guan Eng) wants us to pay in advance, and the allocation of repairs of dilapidated schools would be based on the annual allocation, which we don’t agree as we want to pay according to what is delivered.”
We, he added, SUPP and the majority of the people on the ground support the above decision by our Chief Minister, as people on the ground felt that Lim Guan Eng was being unreasonable as he should have a caring heart for our rural school children
and should not sacrifice their future, because of political games and punish them because Sarawak Government has managed the finances well over the years and has healthy reserves.
The majority of the people are of the opinion that Federal Government and DAP Lim Guan Eng are not happy and or jealous to see that our Sarawak Government has healthy financial reserves because of good governance and is prudent with our spending each year. The money belongs to the people of Sarawak and we need to be cautious because Federal Government and especially Lim Guan Eng are anxious to spend our money.
Ting said the Federal Government and Lim Guan Eng repeatedly said they do not have money.. Yet they had just decided on the construction of RM 1.6 billion international airport in Kulim, Kedah which is next to Penang rather than repairing those dilapidated schools in the rural Sarawak.
On the 9th April 2019, Ting pointed out that,
during the debate on proposed Federal Constitution Amendment Bill 2019, a group of twenty five of us was at Parliament august House and we heard, amongst others, arguments, that not only PH Member of Parliament, wanted to have a share of our natural resources but commented that it was ridiculous for Malaysians to use passport travelling to Sarawak, meaning that they habour the intention of abolishing our Sarawak Immigration Autonomy, an autonomy provided for and guaranteed in the Malaysia Agreement 1963.
He added that the Malaysian political landscape has changed tremendously since PRU14, and we must always protect and safeguard Sarawak, and all of us must strive hard to improve our economy and raise the living standard of our people.
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