KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 30 – Public Accounts Committee deputy chairman Wong Kah Woh dropped a bombshell in the Dewan Rakyat when he said the Auditor General’s Report on 1Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB) was tampered with.
Wong (PH-Ipoh Timur) claimed the report had been amended following the instruction of certain individuals.
He said the previous PAC members not only failed to re-open investigation after the United States Department of Justice (DoJ) civil suit but the original audit report was allegedly changed by people who had abused their powers.
“Fortunately, there was a change in government on May 9, hence everything can be revisited now,” he said while debating the Mid Term Review of the 11th Malaysia Plan.
Wong said the public had lost their confidence in key government agencies as they had covered up issues involving 1MDB.
On May 15, Auditor General Tan Sri Dr Madinah Mohamad announced that the 1MDB audit report was reclassified as an open document.
The report was classified as secret on Jan 22, 2016, and was presented to Parliament’s Public Accounts Committee on March 4, 2016.
Besides the special committee on 1MDB, a special task force headed by former attorney-general Tan Sri Abdul Gani Patail was also set up on May 21 to investigate 1MDB and recover assets abroad.
It was reported that former PAC chairman Datuk Hasan Ariffin admitted that he decided to remove information from the PAC report a day before it was tabled in Parliament on April 7, 2016, as it was from a confidential letter from Bank Negara Malaysia (BNM).
When contacted, PAC chairman Datuk Seri Ronald Kiandee said that he could not confirm or deny the allegations by Wong.
He said that he, like MPs, are bound by Standing Orders forbidding publicly revealing what has transpired during PAC proceedings.
“PAC depends a lot on the Auditor General’s Report,” he said.
The ongoing PAC session has been sitting on 1MDB and Goods and Services Tax (GST) Refunds issues.
In September, Kiandee told the New Straits Times that he took the latest briefing by the Audit Department on 1MDB as definitely more detailed compared to what he was previously informed on the matter.
“It is part of the bigger picture because in our minds, we want to investigate and want to know what happened,” he had said. © New Straits Times Press (M) Bhd