PM: Asset declaration must be more transparent, not a political gimmick

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Prime Minister Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim said there was a need for more transparency in asset declaration.

He said the parameters on the matter needed to be clear as there were cases where people did not declare their real wealth.

“The declaration of assets was a farce in the past because people having hundreds of millions of ringgit were still declaring RM10 or RM11 million.

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“I am now discussing with various agencies including the MACC (Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission) to make sure it is more transparent,” he said in a press conference after the 2023 Budget Dialogue today.

Anwar, who is also PKR president, was responding to a question whether his ministers had declared their assets to him and, if not, why and when it would be made public.

As such, Anwar said was more important to be more responsible and transparent in decision making rather than making asset declaration a political gimmick.

“I am appalled that people are not critical, they just accept the face value, but now when we look at the files, it is shocking, but most of the people don’t entirely tell the truth.

“People are satisfied, but it does not actually present the real wealth of the particular person.

“Let us go to the process to make sure whatever decision is made is more responsible and transparent rather than making this a political gimmick.”

PKR deputy president Rafizi Ramli last week said Anwar has yet to order the declaration of assets of his Cabinet ministers. – NST