Press Statement by Chris Lee Chun Kit (ADUN Pulau Tikus/DAP) on 16/7/19 (Tuesday) regarding the recent GST report by the PAC:
The BN should stop trying to play politics and accept the fact that they had indeed mismanaged the nation’s finances while they were in power. In fact, robbery is without a shadow of a doubt, the ideal word to describe their administration methods. The fact that the chairmanship of the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) is given to a member of the BN by the Pakatan Harapan government shows how easy some transparency can be achieved but the BN never did this during their time in power. However even if the opposition wants to try to win back the trust of Malaysians, they should first own up to their mistakes and one of their biggest mistakes or should I say “national disaster” was the 1MDB.
However, just like the BN de facto leader and former Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak is playing ignorant on his previous misdeeds, it seems the entire BN is now doing the same thing. It is now obvious that the only reason Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi had declared his return to the presidency of UMNO was to knock off Datuk Seri Mohamad Hassan or Tok Mat as he is better known, so that Najib can return to party leadership quietly before eventually be unveiled as the BN’s Prime Minister designate for the 15th General Elections. How else do we explain BN’s insistence of defending the administration of Najib and also his recent appointment as chairman of BN’s advisory board? Poor Tok Mat, he did all the work but Najib wants and needs the glory.
Bottom line is, was it mandated in the now-repealed GST Act that the collections be entered into a trust fund to allow input tax refund applications to be processed within 14 day? Why was the GST collections deposited directly into Consolidated Revenue Account instead? If the money was used for something else instead of what it is mandated for in the GST Act, not only is that a violation but blatant mismanagement and robbery of public funds. Taxes are revenues collected from the public with the trust by the public for it to be used for the right purposes provided by the law. If public funds are violated, it is equivalent to the violation of public trust. If the money meant for a specific fund is not there, what else would you call it except that the money has gone missing?
If the BN under Najib’s UMNO wants to recover its spoiled reputation in the eyes of Malaysians after their defeat in the 14th General Elections, they can first do us all a favour by coming clean on their past. Dont try fooling Malaysians, they are not ones that are easily fooled and have shown you BN on the 9th of May 2018. One would think that BN might have learned their lesson by now.
Chris Lee Chun Kit
ADUN of Pulau Tikus (N.25)
DAP Bukit Bendera PLC Secretary