KUALA LUMPUR: Opposition Leader Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi has criticised Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng for accusing the previous government of stealing RM18bil out of the RM19.4bil input tax credit under the Goods and Services Tax (GST) system.
The former deputy prime minister said Lim should find solutions instead of playing the blame game.
“They should act like the government and stop acting like the opposition.
“If businesses are facing a problem on tax credit refunds, the government needs to address it immediately,” Dr Ahmad Zahid said at Parliament lobby.
Dr Ahmad Zahid denied that the money was stolen but explained that it was put in the government’s consolidated fund.
“If they found that the money was used without following the Treasury’s instruction or any other laws, then you can say it is stolen.
“But if it used for other projects through the Budget or even outside of the Budget, the matter involving the additional funds must be brought to the Dewan for debate,” he said.