Sarawak PKR leader See Chee How says PM Najib Razak's 'offer' of almost RM100 billion to 'strengthen US economy' is hypocritical when Malaysia is heavily in debt.
PETALING JAYA: A Sarawak PKR leader has questioned Putrajaya’s priorities in managing the country’s financial resources following the offer made by Prime Minister Najib Razak to United States President Donald Trump on Tuesday.
Sarawak PKR vice-chairman See Chee How criticised what he called the “hypocrisy of the federal government” for not seeing to the needs of Malaysians first.
“How could Malaysia, now suffering the largest debts in the country’s history, pledge RM100 billion to help the world’s largest economy and number one superpower ‘to strengthen their economy’?
“It must be devastating to all Malaysians to hear Najib making all the offer to Trump while back home, he has told Malaysians that the government has no money to pay the civil servants without imposing the GST,” See said in a statement.
He added that the RM100 billion may not count for much to the US but it will mean a lot to Malaysia, especially because the government has said before that “it has no money for housing, hospitals, schools, PTPTN loans”.
On Tuesday, Najib told Trump that “we are committed to 25 planes of the 737 MAX 10, plus eight 787 Dreamliners. And there is a strong probability that we will add 25 more 737 MAX 10 in the near future and within five years, the deal will be beyond US$10 billion (RM42 billion)”. He was referring to the expansion of Malaysia Airlines’ fleet.
“EPF had already invested US$7 billion and was now looking to invest a further US$3 to US$4 billion on infrastructure redevelopment in the US,” Najib said, adding that the sovereign fund Khazanah Nasional would also be increasing its US$400 million investment in high-tech firms in the US.
“The pledge of almost RM100 billion in investments from Malaysia to the United States in return for a short meeting with the US president is making a mockery of our country internationally,” See said.
See, who is Batu Lintang state assemblyman, took issue with the prime minister’s offer especially when there are promises unfulfilled in Sarawak and Sabah.
“Sarawak and Sabah should ask the PM for the allocations to replace and rebuild our dilapidated schools, to commence work on all the hospitals that are promised to Sarawak and Sabah, roads linking all the rural towns to spur economic growth in our rural interior of Sarawak and Sabah, and the basic amenities such as treated water supply and electricity to all our rural homes.
“The PM had promised to help but said that the federal government has no money and instead urged the Sarawak government to make use of our own money to rebuild and replace the dilapidated schools,” he said.