Be careful, no need to sensationalise, Kadir Jasin reminds ministers

A. Ruban
Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng has been chided for ‘euphorically’ revealing Putrajaya’s debt figures. — Picture by Mukhriz Hazim

KUALA LUMPUR, May 27 — Former newsman Datuk A. Kadir Jasin became the latest to warn Pakatan Harapan (PH) to be careful when making public statements, claiming it may affect the market and economy.

Kadir in his blog yesterday, specifically chided finance minister Lim Guan Eng for “euphorically” revealing Putrajaya’s debt figures to the public, accusing him of forgetting the negative implication of the announcement.

“Let me remind all ministers and their officers so they will be more careful making statements to the mass media,” the Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia supreme council member wrote.

“Political mileage is not the same as economic mileage. What is good for politics may not necessarily be good for the economy and market.”

Kadir said PH has promised reformed, and should start by reforming the way it thinks and act.

“There is no need sensationalise or shout at the top of our voice. We are the government,” he added.

Lim recently announced that the federal government debt was at RM686.8 billion and 50.8 per cent of the gross domestic product (GDP), but the total liabilities was over RM1 trillion or over 80 per cent of the GDP.

The announcement was criticised by former prime minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak, who blamed the PH administration for “unnecessarily” spooking the markets.