Press Statement By DAP Secretary-General And MP For Bagan Lim Guan Eng In Kuala Lumpur On 12.3.2018.
Will The Communications and Multimedia Ministry act against the Prime Minister for spreading fake news that without the GST, Malaysia would be in deficit, when Malaysia continues to be deficit even after the GST was implemented on 1 April 2015? The Communications and Multimedia Ministry must prove that there is no double-standards when it is clear that the Prime Minister has come out with a blatant lie and fake news.
Malaysia has been in deficit before 1 April 2015, and claims that GST will cure the budget deficit is a lie when Malaysia continues to be in deficit even after GST was implemented after 2015, and is expected to remain so. Clearly the RM45 billion in GST collected this year is not enough to cover the deficit because of extensive corruption within BN. Only a clean government can cure the deficit. Both Penang and Selangor have proven that we can have a surplus budget even without the GST, so long as we have a clean government without corruption.
Communications and Multimedia Deputy Minister Jailani Johari has warned that those who continue propagating and spreading fake news, especially involving the 1MDB will face stern action. Jailani said among the portals were the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, The Economist, Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) and also the MSNBC, alleged to have published fake news about 1MDB since last week.
Claiming Back All The Money Laundered And Stolen From 1MDB In The United States, Switzerland And Indonesia.
Is Jailani also saying that the United States’ Department of Justice (DOJ) investigating 1MDB of misappropriating and money laundering of USD 4.5 billion in funds belonging to the Malaysian public, also fake news? Clearly this is an act of sheer desperation by BN just before the general elections, to cover up the 1MDB scandal which has resulted in DOJ labelling Malaysia as a global kleptocracy.
If 1MDB is fake news, is the RM430 million in 1MDB-linked money held in Swiss banks that is to be confiscated by the Swiss government, also fake? Perhaps that is the reason the Malaysian government refuses to claim back the RM430 million from the Swiss government, because BN does not want to be linked to 1MDB, which BN have conveniently labelled as fake news. This is a very expensive RM430 million mistake by BN, that is unfortunately paid for by Malaysians.
Following Jailani’s perverse logic, the seizure in Indonesia of the super-expensive yacht, The Equanimity, belonging to Jho Low, must also be fake news. Jho Low acquired the RM1 billion yacht with monies from the 1MDB, as stated by the DOJ. Even Jho Low admitted that the super yacht belonged to him. Jailani should also include leading Indonesian magazine Tempo, as fake news, since Tempo published the 1MDB scandal on their front page in their latest issue.
When Pakatan wins power in Putrajaya, we will claim back stolen 1MDB money and assets in the United States, Switzerland and Indonesia. Pakatan will claim on the people’s behalf what BN dare not, which is the USD 4.5 billion “dirty” money laundered in the United States through 1MDB as exposed by the DOJ, the RM430 million 1MDB-linked cash held in Swiss banks and the RM1 billion super-yacht in Indonesia bought by Jho Low from 1MDB laundered funds. This should be sufficient to cover the cost of continuing BR1M payments of RM1,200/-.
LIM GUAN ENG
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