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Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng speaks to reporters at the Parliament. Bernama pic.

KUALA LUMPUR: Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng has reminded Dewan Negara senators not to ‘sabotage’ the Sales and Services Tax (SST).

Lim said it could seriously risk the country’s finances should the SST fails to be implemented on Sept 1.

“We will not be able to get the surplus, which is important to assure the people and investors that we are doing good economically.

“Therefore, the senators (mostly from Barisan Nasional) must respect the choice of the people, who have given the mandate to the new government.

“Do not try to sabotage government’s programmes and policies,” he told reporters when met at the Parliament lobby today.

Asked if the country will face financial crisis in the event that the SST bill is not passed, Lim said: “I won’t call it a financial crisis but we are talking about deliberately delaying or sabotaging our programme.

“I think it is very devious when in one hand you say, ‘Okay we allow you to abolish Goods and Services Tax (GST), but we do not allow you to replace it with SST’.

“This is very selfish and an attempt to sabotage and cause the failure of our economic programme.

“Let us respect the choice of the people. The people have spoken and they should give us the authority and policy room to implement programmes that will not only benefit the people, but ensure our finances are sustainable.”

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