PUTRAJAYA, Jun 15 – Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng says another major scandal “related to the finance ministry” will be revealed soon.
In an interview with Channel NewsAsia, he said his officers were expecting to uncover more scandals within the new government’s first 100 days in office.
“So after that we can move on,” he said.
“And I think that’s where the cleaning up begins… once the stock-taking is done, the cleaning up is done, the detoxification is completed, Malaysia can get back on track again.”
In the interview, Lim said former prime minister and finance minister Najib Razak was fully responsible for the problems plaguing 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB).
He said he personally believed the former 1MDB adviser was liable for the billions of dollars of debts faced by the “insolvent” state investment firm.
He said the “nexus is clear”, based on what he’d uncovered so far since taking office in May.
“I would personally think that he is fully responsible,” Lim said.
“Only the finance minister can authorise these transactions.
“Of course, this is a matter for the investigative panel to decide, and if they think that charges are necessary, (it’s) for the court to decide.
“So much as I feel that the buck stops at the former finance minister’s desk, we let investigations and due process take its course.”
Najib is being investigated by anti-graft officials over allegations millions of dollars had been misappropriated from 1MDB, with police raiding residences allegedly linked to him and his family over the past few weeks.
Najib has denied any wrongdoing and was cleared by the previous attorney-general Apandi Ali.
Lim denied there was any personal vendetta against Najib driving him or Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad.
“If there is a personal vendetta, he would have been arrested immediately.
“There are a lot of laws that would allow us to arrest him immediately but that has not been done.
“We want to follow due process, we want to follow rule of law. And if there’s any evidence that he should be charged, he would go to court.”