Cops Record Guan Eng’s Statement over Missing RM19B GST Refunds

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The Finance Minister demands answers from Najib over the missing GST refunds.

  • Did Najib approve the refunds to be delayed beyond the legally permitted two weeks?
  • Did he permit then-Treasury sec-gen Irwan Serigar to transfer less than the amounts requested by the Customs Dept?
  • Did he consent to the funds being booked directly as revenue for immediate spending?
  • Whoever is charged with wrongdoing in this case could be imprisoned for two to 20 years, whipped and also fined.

Lim Guan Eng, who had his statement recorded by the police in Parliament on Monday, pressed Datuk Seri Najib Razak today to answer three questions related to the RM19.25 billion the former previously said was missing from the government’s trust account for Goods and Services Tax (GST) refunds.

Lim asked his predecessor to say if he gave approval for GST refunds to be delayed beyond the two weeks that had been the legal requirement and whether he permitted then Treasury secretary-general Tan Sri Irwan Serigar to transfer less than the amounts requested by the Customs Department.

He further urged Najib to say if he consented to the funds meant for GST refunds being booked directly as revenue for immediate spending.

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“It is now time for Datuk Seri Najib to answer the three pertinent questions about his involvement as the finance minister over the missing RM19.25 billion that had prevented RM19.4 billion from being returned to these companies and individuals,” Lim said.

He said it was imperative that Najib provides an answer as he was the immediate past finance minister.

Lim insisted that only a finance minister would have the authority to make such decisions.

The minister previously disclosed in Parliament that the RM19.25 billion was missing from the government’s trust account and accused the Barisan Nasional government of “robbing” 121,429 companies of this sum.

He said the businesses have not gotten their refunds since 2015.

There is only RM148.6 million in the GST refund trust account.

“The federal government is working hard to return the RM19.4 billion beginning next year because the money does not belong to the government but to the people,” Lim said.

He confirmed that police took his statement under Section 409 of the Penal Code.

Section 409 states: “Whoever, being in any manner entrusted with property, or with any dominion over property, in his capacity of a public servant or an agent, commits criminal breach of trust in respect of that property, shall be punished with imprisonment for a term which shall not be less than two years and not more than 20 years and with whipping, and shall also be liable to fine.”

Umno leaders and Irwan have lodged reports over Lim’s allegation with both the police and the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC).

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Aug 14, Guan Eng: When Did Customs Say PH Took GST Refund Money?

Aug 13, Guan Eng Admits to Mistake on GST Figures, Missing Amount Even Higher

Aug 10, KJ Wants All Linked to Missing RM18B GST Refunds Investigated, Including Najib

Aug 10, Irwan Says Money is All There, Guan Eng Asks Where?