PETALING JAYA: There must be transparency in the financing for the third national car, says Datuk Seri Dr Wee Ka Siong.
The MCA president urged both Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad and Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng to come clean over the project.
This follows the response of Deputy Minister in the Prime Minister's Department Dr Md Farid Md Rafik at Parliament's special chambers on Thursday (July 4).
"Finally it's been answered. The third national car project uses public funds!
"Mohamed Farid confirmed that the National Development Council (NDC) has allocated RM20mil to develop the prototype for the new national car.
"So was NDC the one that was said to be the private company?" the MCA president asked in a Facebook post.
Dr Wee said the Pakatan Harapan deputy minister had seemingly denied the assurance given by Lim previously.
On Aug 13 last year, Lim said that the production of the third national car will not come from public funds and instead, it will be from private investments.
Dr Wee added that Mohamed Farid had denied the statement made by Dr Mahathir by confirming that SilTerra Malaysia Sdn Bhd (SilTerra) - a wholly owned subsidiary company of Khazanah Nasional Bhd (Khazanah) - was not a private company.
"Since it's the special chamber of the Dewan Rakyat, it's unlikely that the deputy minister is daring enough to lie.
"I hope the Prime Minister and the Finance Minister can explain the real situation," he added.