KUCHING: Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng says Sarawak will go into bankruptcy in three years if he continues to be governed by the Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS) coalition.
He said RM31Bill's state reserves would be used in three years if GPS maintained its annual budget of $ 11 billion.
As such, he said the people of Sarawak should vote for a Pakistani state government of Harapan in the upcoming state election scheduled for mid-2021.
"If you do not, Sarawak will go bankrupt three years from now. This year Sarawak's state budget is RM11bil.
"Every year it's RMllbil, in three years you do not have anything else," he told the crowd at Sarawak DAP's fundraising dinner on Friday (June 21).
The secretary general of the DAP warned Sarawak not to become like Kelantan, who was "so poorly governed that they can not even pay the salaries of their civil servants."
"That's why it's important for everyone to work hard and support Pakatan. We're going to win the Sarawak state government and bring power back to the people," he added.
Sarawak presented a record RM11.9bil budget for this year.
However, Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg said that the state's reserves will not be used to finance the budget, with revenue coming from a new 5% tax on petroleum products.
Lim also urged the Saracens to vote on GPS for not supporting the constitutional amendment to restore Sabah and Sarawak status as equal partners in Malaysia.
He said that GPS, along with Umno and PAS, "sabotaged" the aspirations of the Sarawakians.
Eighteen GPS MPs and a GPS-friendly Sarawakian MP were among the 59 lawmakers who abstained from voting on the amendment to Article 1 (2) in Parliament on April 9, resulting in the project's failure to secure a two-thirds majority needed for approve it.
"As a state government, you should inspire the aspirations of the people, especially in restoring the position of Sabah and Sarawak in the Federal Constitution.
"If you can not inspire the aspirations of the people, then you deserve to expire. That is why we ask that you teach the government of the state of GPS a lesson."
"Vote on them, replace them with a Pakatan state government that will support the federal government's efforts to restore the status of Sabah and Sarawak," Lim added.