PETALING JAYA: The opposition will push for Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng to be referred to the Rights and Privileges Committee if the Public Accounts Committee dismisses his claim that the previous administration had misused money meant for tax refunds.
This comes following reports quoting sources that the bi-partisan committee had found the claim to be inaccurate.
Rembau MP Khairy Jamaluddin said if true, Lim had misled the Dewan Rakyat and had wrongly accused the Barisan Nasional government.
“So it is only fitting that I table a motion to the Dewan Rakyat for action to be taken against this claim and the confusion sparked by the finance minister.”
The PAC report is expected to be tabled next Tuesday.
Khairy said he had already lodged a police report on the claim by Lim, which was made during the debate on abolishing the goods and services tax (GST).
Malaysiakini today quoted sources as saying that the PAC found the BN administration overestimated how much revenue they would be receiving from GST, and underestimated the amount needed for refunds.
The report also said the PSC concluded that the previous government did not “rob or dip into the consolidated accounts for the refunds”.
The 6% GST was replaced with the sales and services tax.