May 29, 2015 by Suara Kebenaran
KUALA LUMPUR: DAP elder statesman Lim Kit Siang concedes that the Cabinet should be given adequate time for Ministers to understand and study the “Save 1MDB RoadMap” before it takes a decision on the scandal while Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak should “tell all” about his 1MDB dealings in the past six years.
“Najib could claim that as Chairman of the 1MDB Advisory Board, he has no role in the daily operations of 1MDB, while on the other hand, as Prime Minister, he was the final approving authority for any 1MDB deal, transaction or investment under Clause 17 of the 1MDB Memorandum & Articles of Association.”
He was commenting on 2nd Finance Minister Ahmad Husni Hanadzlah announcing on Thursday that the Finance Ministry will present a Roadmap for 1MDB to the Cabinet on Friday “to solve the problems plaguing the 1MDB and to counter negative perceptions on the strategic investment and development company”.
The Prime Minister, added Lim, and the 2nd Finance Minister should be fair to their ministerial colleagues in the 35-strong Cabinet. “They should be given adequate time to understand and study the Save 1MDB Plan.”
“They have to bear collective responsibility for the success or failure of the Save 1MDB Plan once it is approved by the Cabinet.”
He warned the Cabinet against repeating the farce of its March 4 meeting when the Ministers went through the motions of being briefed by 1MDB and its auditors Deloitte, “with few Ministers understanding what was going on.”
“The Cabinet still prematurely and foolishly cleared the troubled fund of wrongdoing and issued 1MDB with a clean bill of health and integrity.”
Without comprehensive Cabinet papers for the Ministers to understand the 1MDB scandal, how could the Cabinet clear the company of any wrongdoing?
Deputy Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin, in a contradiction in terms, declared more than two months after the Cabinet meeting which cleared 1MDB of wrongdoing, that the 1MDB Board should be sacked and the police called in to investigate the company, reminded Lim who is also DAP Parliamentary Leader and Gelang Patah MP.
Umno Vice President and Rural and Regional Development Minister Mohd Shafie Apdal confessed on Thursday, noted Lim, that he and his Ministerial colleagues were just as unclear as the public over 1MDB’s controversial and opaque deals.