DAP lawmaker Lim Lip Eng (DAP-Kepong) has called for a review of the Approved Permit (AP) system to import cars and set up a foundation instead to help the needy.
He questioned the need to give out APs, claiming that the current system only enriches a certain segment of the bumiputra.
“I propose the government to stop giving out APs and instead set up Yayasan Bumiputera Import Kereta (bumiputra car import foundation), to allow small companies to sell cars and profits should be shared with the below 40 income group (B40),” he told reporters at the Parliament lobby on Tuesday (March 19).
“Why do you want to give to those who are already filthy rich, those who are driving high-end cars like Mercedes and Ferraris?
“I urge the government to change the Open AP policy so that the policy could truly benefit more bumiputra, and not just to further enrich certain groups of already rich bumiputra.
“The 128 APs are for existing companies and 36 new companies. I would like to ask who are the owners of the 128 companies?” said Lim.
In a statement yesterday, he alleged that a company linked to Umno Sungai Besar division chief Jamal Md Yunos was among the current list of 164 AP holders, 128 of which were approved during the previous BN administration.
“About Jamal, after that, the Miti deputy minister (Ong Kian Ming) came back to me after my speech in Parliament.
“He said his ministry will look into that, will investigate, whether there are Umno politicians who are AP holders, (and) still remain as owners of the companies, including Jamal,” said Lim.
When contacted, Jamal had dared Lim to repeat his allegation outside the Dewan Rakyat.
Lim said today that he will await the outcome of the ministry’s investigations before commenting further.