DAP adviser Lim Kit Siang expressed his hope to be appointed as a member of the Special Task Force to probe the Bank Negara Malaysia (BNM) foreign exchange losses which took place in the early 90s.
In a statement today, Lim said he hoped that Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Azalina Othman Said would have the ‘honour, courage and integrity’ to propose at the Cabinet meeting this Wednesday to appoint him as a member in the task force.
He also said that he hoped Azalina would propose ‘to expand the terms of reference of the Special Task Force to include the 1MDB (1Malaysia Development Berhad) and BMF (Bumiputera Malaysia Finance Ltd) scandals’.
Lim said he had previously declared he was prepared to serve on a public probe into the BNM forex losses, however reiterated that the scope of investigations should be expanded to cover the BMF and 1MDB issues.
With regards to the announcement made by Umno Information Chief Annuar Musa on a nationwide roadshow to inform the public on the task force to be set up by the Cabinet, Lim offered to be one of the speakers.
“I hereby make another offer to the top Umno/BN (Barisan Nasional) leadership – I volunteer to speak at the Umno/BN nation-wide roadshow on the Cabinet’s decision to set up special task force to probe Bank Negara’s forex losses more than two decades ago,” Lim said.
He asked Annuar to inform him in the next 48 hours whether he should reschedule his programmes from Feb 25 onwards in order to speak at the roadshow due to be launched this Saturday.
Annuar, when asked to comment on Kit Siang’s offer, told Malaysia Outlook, “Not relevant…no need to comment.”
Yesterday, Bernama reported that Umno and BN component parties would go on a nationwide roadshow with regards to the task force following attempts by certain parties to question the need for a task force, as well as those asking why the 1MDB issue was not given the same treatment.
“Why was the special team formed and why wasn’t one set up for 1MDB? This will all be explained in the roadshow by Umno and BN,” Annuar was quoted as saying.
The Prime Minister’s Department had earlier announced that Cabinet would set up the task force to begin initial investigation into the forex scandal.
The task force would be made up of various goverment agencies as well as respected individuals with experience in certain fields.