DAP’s Tony Pua has questioned Datuk Seri Salleh Keruak’s claim that the auditor-general’s report on 1MDB as leaked on a whistleblower website recently was not final, saying it smacked of attempts to play down the shocking findings of mismanagements and fraud in the state company.
“The biggest irony was when he argued that the Sarawak Report has intentionally ‘misled’ the public with the AG’s Report.
“There is no bigger attempt to mislead the public than the Minister of Multimedia and Communications himself by playing down the findings of the AG’s Report,” said Pua, who is part of the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) investigating 1MDB, reacting to Salleh’s blog posting recently.
Salleh had said that the complete report on 1MDB would be from PAC because it took into account “all the other information gathered as well”.
But Pua said PAC had relied almost entirely on the findings of the AG’s report before making its recommendations.
“In fact, the PAC members understood that the AG’s Report was to be presented together with the the PAC Report to provide a complete picture with detailed facts and figures to the Parliament.
“Hence the PAC Report itself made extensive references to the findings AG’s Report without citing the details for the simple reason that the PAC was expecting the AG’s Report to be published together with the PAC Report,” said Pua.
Pua reminded Salleh that noting in PAC’s report would contradict the AG’s Report, and as such the AG’s Report should be deemed “factual and dealt with accordingly by the authorities”.
“The question of the AG’s Report being ‘incomplete’ does not arise at all.
“Datuk Seri Salleh Keruak should stop becoming Datuk Seri Najib Razak’s Minister of Miscommunication by trivialising the AG’s Report and insulting the professionalism of Auditor-General Tan Sri Ambrin Buang,” said Pua.
The AG’s Report has been classified under the Official Secrets Act, with even PAC members barred from accessing it.
But last week, Sarawak Report published details of the 300-page report, showing chaos and confusion in the state fund.
The report stated that Auditor-General Tan Sri Ambrin Buang were given ever-changing excuses over certain transactions from the company’s management.
The audit report also showed a total loss of a whopping US$7 billion (RM28 billion) from the state fund.
“A grand total of US$7 billion is calculated as having gone missing and conflicting and unbelievable explanations were given about why the payments were made,” Sarawak Report said.