MCA questions move to disallow debate on PAC report over GST refunds in Parliament


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  • Wednesday, 17 Jul 2019

PETALING JAYA: MCA has questioned the move to disallow the debate of the Parliament's Account Committee (PAC) report on the RM19.4bil Goods and Services Tax (GST) refunds in Parliament.

"It is unusual since it is a current issue with the biased allegations involving RM19.4bil.

"We in the Opposition bloc do not engage in empty talk, but base it on facts published inside the PAC report involving the GST refunds," said its president Datuk Seri Dr Wee Ka Siong in a Facebook post.

The Ayer Hitam MP said according to the PAC report, it was proven that the funds were not stolen.

"If Lim Guan Eng (Finance Minister) wants to apologise and retract his initial statement, I am confident that the Opposition bloc is prepared to accept his apology.

"Instead, Lim refused to apologise and retract his statement and insisted on fighting back," said Dr Wee.

It was reported that Speaker Datuk Mohamad Ariff Md Yusoff had ruled that there was no grounds to refer Lim to the Parliament's Rights and Privileges Committee as requested by a motion filed by Opposition leader Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob.

The PAC report on the matter released on Monday (July 15), said that no money went missing from the GST refunds.

Instead, the funds were used for operational and development expenditures.

The PAC report also found that the previous administration had delayed the transfer of funds from the Consolidated Fund account into the GST refund account to manage the country's cash flow position to ensure the nation was not in deficit management.

 

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