Urging the IRB to investigate many BN politicians seen arriving at the Parliament building in luxurious cars.
Pakatan Harapan’s Kepong MP Lim Lip Eng has urged the government to investigate Barisan Nasional (BN) MPs whom he said seemed to be leading a luxurious lifestyle.
Lim said this during the Parliament debate session yesterday.
“While the government cannot force the opposition MPs to declare their assets, they can be seen coming to Parliament in luxury cars, with drivers and bodyguards,” said Lim.
Ismail Mohamed Said (BN-Kuala Krau), who attempted to interject, said there was nothing wrong with BN MPs using luxury cars.
Lim, however, told him to “shut up”.
“I am not saying that all the opposition MPs come in luxury cars, but some do.
“I, therefore, call on the Inland Revenue Board (LHDN) to investigate these MPs and find out whether they are paying taxes according to their wealth.
“If they are not doing so, I demand that strict action be taken against them,” he said.
It was reported that Lim later told reporters he noted that Mercedez Benz S400 and Toyota Vellfire were among the imported cars he saw being used by these opposition lawmakers.
He said he was mainly referring to Umno lawmakers, while some of them are from Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS).
As for MPs from the ruling coalition, Lim said the majority of them only bought locally-assembled four-wheel drive vehicles which are exempted from excise duty.
According to him, Harapan MPs are also entitled to one approved permit (AP), but most of them did not take it.
Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad had recently announced that Cabinet ministers, deputy ministers, political secretaries and government officials must declare their assets to him.
He also said the declaration would be made available to agencies entrusted to fight corruption, including the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC).