Pakatan says RCI findings politically motivated, calls for debate on report

The report, which recommends a probe into current Pakatan chairman Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad and also de facto leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim, was tabled in Parliament today. — Picture courtesy of Lawyers for Liberty
The report, which recommends a probe into current Pakatan chairman Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad and also de facto leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim, was tabled in Parliament today. — Picture courtesy of Lawyers for Liberty

KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 30 — Pakatan Harapan leaders today said that the Royal Commission of Inquiry (RCI) findings on the forex losses in the 1990s was “politically motivated”, while demanding a debate be held in Parliament on the report which was tabled today.

The report, which recommends a probe into current Pakatan chairman Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad and also de facto leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim, in their capacities as Prime Minister and Finance Minister when the scandal took place, was tabled in Parliament today, on the final day of sitting, despite having been prepared on October 13, more than a month ago.

“Why are the findings only being revealed on the last day? It goes to show that the findings are politically motivated,” PKR and PH president Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail said during a press conference along with several key Pakatan leaders in Parliament today.

“Why are we not given time to debate it? This is a big question mark,” he added.

DAP secretary-general Lim Guan Eng expressed his “shock” at the findings of the report and its timing.

“The recommendations are significant and have far-reaching impact,” he said.

He also said that the recommended action involved almost the entire financial system in the country, while pointing out that the RCI report was first to openly claim the losses were RM31.5 billion, and not RM10.5 billion that was claimed for the past 23 years.

“Now they are saying the RM21 billion difference was amortised over a period of 10 years. We want to know how that was done. If the report was from 1994, it means the amount was amortised till 2004. Does that mean Tun Abdullah Ahmad Badawi should be investigated as well?” Lim asked.

The five-member RCI panel convened for just over a month between August and September this year, while the report was prepared in October. 

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