Lim Kit Siang should support task force on forex scandal, says Azalina

Feb 17, 2017

 

Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Azalina Othman (pic left) said Lim Kit Siang as an experienced parliamentarian should support the government’s effort to set up the special task force on forex loses and not politicise this issue.
Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Azalina Othman (pic left) said Lim Kit Siang as an experienced parliamentarian should support the government’s effort to set up the special task force on forex losses and not politicise this issue.

The decision on setting up the special task force (STF) by the cabinet to probe forex losses suffered by Bank Negara Malaysia (BNM) is the best opportunity for DAP veteran leader Lim Kit Siang to validate the motions he tabled in the Parliament in 1993 and 1994.

In a statement today, Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Azalina Othman said this was because Kit Siang had been very vocal in Parliament on the issue and even suggested the setting up of a Royal Commission of Inquiry (RCI) to probe the forex losses.

“Kit Siang as an experienced parliamentarian should support the government’s efforts and not politicise this issue.

“He should come forward to assist the STF in studying all the related facts to prove that he did not mislead the Parliament,” she stated in her statement.

Azalina said, Kit Siang’s fickle-mindedness in his stance and principles shows his inconsistency, and DAP supporters should evaluate this.

She stated that the Cabinet’s decision to set up the STF proves that the government is always open on all matters concerning national interest.

She also said that the government always observed to the principle that a person was innocent until proven guilty, hence the task force would examine and assess the matter based on the evidence before deciding on any action.

On Wednesday, the federal cabinet decided to set up the STF, comprising representatives of various government agencies as well as highly respected individuals who were experts in certain fields.

The statement issued by the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) stated that the STF would make recommendations and suggestions for the consideration of the cabinet for follow-up action to be taken, including setting up a RCI, if necessary, based on the outcome of the probe.