Khairy urges gov't to bring 'GST robbers' to book

  • Aug 9, 2018
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The Pakatan Harapan government should bring the individual allegedly involved in the misuse of GST refund, to face justice.

Rembau MP Khairy Jamaluddin said this is because the opposition cannot accept the allegations by Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng in Dewan Rakyat yesterday, that a whopping RM18 billion in GST refunds has been misused by the previous administration.

"If indeed there was a misappropriation, where traders GST refund was not returned, then those responsible for it must be brought to book.

"BN cannot accept being accused of robbing GST tax," Khairy told a press conference in Parliament today.

Khairy, who is also the former Umno Youth chief, said since Lim's allegation was serious in nature, it warrants a criminal probe, instead of a mere internal investigation in the Finance Ministry.

Khairy had earlier lodged a report at the Sentul police station on the matter and will lodge a complaint with the MACC tomorrow.

"When a serious allegation like this is involved, I don't think an internal probe would suffice, because BN and members of the previous administration would want to clear their names from the claim," he said.

Meanwhile, in a statement, Umno Youth chief Asyraf Wajdi Dusuki urged the government to immediately set up a Royal Commission of Inquiry (RCI) to probe the matter "transparently, and without prejudice."

"Umno Youth believes that the RCI is crucial as the allegations are made by a senior member of the administration, and involves various ministries and agencies, which can affect the country's image, globally.

"The rakyat also has the rights to know the truth behind the issue," he said.

Lim had alleged yesterday that the BN government had "robbed" RM18 billion out of RM19.4 billion in GST refunds that had been collected since the tax was first implemented.

Lim claimed that the funds were used to cover up deficits, finance development projects and to "do as they wished".

The finance minister had also said that the previous treasurer-general, Irwan Serigar Abdullah, would be in the know about the missing funds.

In response, Irwan had been reported saying that the money was placed in government-consolidated funds and that amounts due for refund were deposited into trust accounts on a monthly basis, based on the requirements of the Customs Department.

Lim had then dared Irwan to reveal the whereabouts of the funds.