Guan Eng: Finance Ministry to lift the lid on another major scandal soon


  • Nation
  • Friday, 15 Jun 2018

PETALING JAYA: Lim Guan Eng (pic) says that another major scandal involving the Finance Ministry will be revealed soon.

Singapore news agency Channel News Asia reported that Lim had hoped that he would be able to uncover every scandal within a hundred days so that the country would be able to move on.

"I think that's where the cleaning up begins ... once the stock-taking is done, the cleaning up is done, the detoxification is completed, Malaysia can get back on track again," Lim was quoted as saying.

Previously, Lim had hinted at certain "red files" which he said would open a floodgate of scandals in the Ministry.

Among those which Lim had already revealed include payments from Bank Negara and Khazanah Nasional to service the 1MDB debt obligations, as well as a RM9.4bil gas pipeline project handled by a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Finance Ministry.

In the interview, Lim also said former prime minister and finance minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak was fully responsible for any problems involving 1MDB.

"I personally think that he is fully responsible. Only the finance minister can authorise these transactions.

"Of course, this is a matter for the investigative panel to decide, and if they think that charges are necessary, for the court to decide.

"So much as I feel that the buck stops at the former finance minister's desk, we let investigation and due process take its course," Lim said.

Lim also said that when he was handed the first file to sign as Finance Minister, he was hoping it would be one that would benefit the people – but it turned out it had to do with 1MDB instead.

He revealed that he was asked to sign off on a debt payment by the Malaysian Government on behalf of 1MDB.

"Then I said, 'I'm not going to do that' ... The first document or the first approval that I sign, I don't want it to be 1MDB'.

"But I signed that later, of course," he said.

Two years ago, former Attorney General Tan Sri Mohamed Apandi Ali cleared Najib of any wrongdoing involving 1MDB.

Najib has consistently denied any wrongdoing in the scandal-hit state fund.