PETALING JAYA: There must be transparency in the financing of the third national car project, says MCA president Datuk Seri Dr Wee Ka Siong.
He urged Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad and Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng to come clean on the project.
This followed the answer given to the MCA president by Deputy Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Wira Dr Mohamed Farid Md Rafik at the Parliament’s special chambers yesterday.
“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?” Dr Wee said on Facebook yesterday.
Dr Wee said the Pakatan Harapan deputy minister had seemingly denied the assurance given by Lim previously that no public funds would be used.
Lim had said the making of the third national car would not be using public funds, as the funding would come from private investments.
Dr Wee said Mohamed Farid also seemed to refute the statement made by Dr Mahathir by confirming that SilTerra Malaysia Sdn Bhd is a wholly-owned subsidiary company of Khazanah Nasional Bhd and not a private company.
“I hope the Prime Minister and the Finance Minister can explain the real situation,” he said.