KJ lodges police report on ‘stolen’ RM18b GST funds

KUALA LUMPUR: Khairy Jamaluddin has lodged a police report calling for an investigation into claims that the previous Barisan Nasional (BN) government had “robbed” some RM18 billion meant for the Goods and Services Tax (GST) refunds.

Among those the Rembau MP named in the report is “the former Finance Minister” and top officials in that ministry. Although he did not name Datuk Seri Najib Abdul Razak, the former prime minister was the finance minister during the alleged misappropriation of the money.

“I have lodged a report to probe this allegation (by Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng) to get assurance if his claim was true or not,” he told reporters in Parliament after lodging the report at the Sentul police headquarters today.

“This is so that further action can be taken by the police, including to investigate the former finance minister, top officials in the ministry, as well as its related agencies.

“If it's true there was misappropriation, that the money meant for refund was not returned to businesses in the form of input tax credit, then whoever was responsible for this must be brought to justice.”

Khairy said he would lodge a similar report to the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission tomorrow.

The former Umno Youth chief said Lim's allegation must be regarded as a “huge accusation” and that he hoped the government would not meddle with the investigation.

He added that Lim didn't give a breakdown on how much was missing due to misappropriation, technical problems or failure to stick to standard operating procedures.

“I think Lim's claim that an internal probe by the Finance Ministry has been initiated in itself is not enough for an allegation as huge as this. The people must know the truth,” he said.

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Asked if the decision to lodge the report was on the instruction of Umno president Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi, Khairy said: “It was made after discussing with my other BN friends here.”

Among those present were Umno vice-president Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob, Kelantan Umno chief Datuk Seri Mustapa Mohamed, Public Accounts Committee chairman Datuk Seri Dr Ronald Kiandee and MCA deputy president Datuk Seri Wee Ka Siong.

Earlier in the Dewan Rakyat, Kiandee attempted to cite Lim for misleading the House over his claim that the fund was robbed, and wants the minister to be cited to the Rights and Privileges Committee.

Deputy Speaker Nga Kor Ming, however, questioned the timing of Kiandee's motion before ruling that Lim did not mislead the Dewan.

Later, Kiandee said he would bring the matter up to the PAC under the parliamentary Standing Order.

“I understand the deputy speaker's decision to dismiss my motion. But as the new PAC chairman, I will propose that the matter be discussed in the coming proceeding,” he said.

Sentul police chief ACP R. Munusamy, who confirmed receiving the report, said police have also recorded Khairy's statement.

“There are some areas we will need to examine before classification of which law will apply to the case is decided. We are also in the midst of discussing the case jurisdiction – if it will be probed by Sentul police or federal police.” he added.

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