Sarawak Chief Minister Abdul Taib Mahmud’s latest claim is that Sarawak will be the richest ‘state’ in Malaysia by 2030. He obviously chooses not to know that Sarawak was already the richest in 2009.
See the New Sarawak Tribute report for Taib Mahmud’s new 2030 target.
Sarawak PKR leader Baru Bian retorts:
Has he become so desperately short of ideas that he is recycling his speeches from 1981 when he became the Chief Minister of Sarawak? This is the sort of promise a fresh-faced dewey-eyed leader would make upon assuming office, when he is full of vigour and inspiration, and driven by visions of development and progress for his state and people. That Taib Mahmud should still be spouting his empty promises 31 years after taking office is proof that he has been and is a failure as leader of the State.
Why, Taib doesn’t even remember that it was only last year that he said Sarawak would be the richest by 2020. Baru Bian adds:
As I recall, in April last year Taib made the same promise of Sarawak becoming the richest State in Malaysia when unveiling the State BN electoral manifesto, except that last year, the target year was 2020. Why has the goalpost been moved forward 10 years in the space of less than a year? Does Taib actually keep track of the poppycock he feeds to the masses? Does he actually have a plan in place or is he making up stories in his old age?
But Sarawak WAS already the richest in the country in 2009 – yes, 2009. Aliran reported last year: “According to the (Statistics) department, Sarawak’s GDP per person, a common measure of wealth, amounted to RM30,318 in 2009, higher than Penang’s RM29,569 and Selangor’s RM27,609, and much higher than Johor’s RM18,458.”
So why are so many of its people living below the poverty line? What has happened to the people’s wealth?