KUALA LUMPUR: The report on the "missing" RM19.4bil Goods and Services Tax (GST) credit refund will be tabled a day earlier in Parliament to avoid any further misconception on the issue, says Public Accounts Committee (PAC) chairman Datuk Dr Noraini Ahmad (pic).
She said the committee had unanimously agreed to table it in the Dewan Rakyat on Monday (July 15), instead of Tuesday (July 16).
"The decision to release the tabling of the report, which was initially scheduled on July 16, is to prevent any misconception over the report on the RM19.4bil GST credit refund," she said in a statement Sunday (July 14).
On Friday (July 12), Noraini expressed disappointment over an inaccurate report about the committee’s findings on the GST.
She said the article by an online portal did not reflect what was discussed and agreed unanimously by the PAC after meeting for more than 11 months.
Noraini added that after the report is tabled in the Dewan Rakyat, the public can download a copy from the PAC website at www.parlimen.gov.my/pac on the same day.
Last August, Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng told the Dewan Rakyat that the former Barisan Nasional-led government had not been able to refund companies their tax credit from GST because 93% of the money had not been placed in the correct account.
Since then, Rembau MP Khairy Jamaluddin had threatened to cite Lim to the Rights and Privileges Committee for misleading the House, if the committee confirms that no GST money was missing.