KUALA LUMPUR: Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng today denied asking the cops to stop investigating those with alleged links to the defunct Liberation of Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) group.
Speaking to reporters on the sidelines of a forum on the 2020 Budget here, he warned all parties against distorting his words.
“When did I come out with such a statement? Please read my statement, don’t distort it.
“I never asked police to stop investigating,” Lim, who is also DAP secretary-general, said.
Yesterday, the police’s anti-terrorism chief Ayob Khan Mydin Pitchay denied a claim attributed to Lim that they would stop the arrest of party members over alleged links to LTTE.
Lim reportedly said police had informed him that they would not arrest anymore DAP leaders.
“Why should we stop the investigations? Is it because of DAP that we have to stop? No. We will continue to investigate if there is sufficient evidence,” Ayob said.
Twelve individuals have been arrested so far, including two DAP assemblymen: Melaka exco member and Gadek assemblyman G Saminathan and Seremban Jaya assemblyman P Gunasekaran.
Meanwhile, on the [email protected] initiative announced in the 2020 Budget, Lim said it would be fully implemented by the Employees Provident Fund (EPF).
“EPF will announce (the mechanism),” he said when asked for more details on the initiative.
“We hope to create 350,000 jobs in five years.”