Media statement by Lim Kit Siang in Kuala Lumpur on Thursday, 27th October 2011:
Who must bear responsibility for the deception delaying tabling the 2010 Auditor-General's reports until after the end of the general debate on the 2012 Budget - Prime Minister or Chief Secretary?
Who must bear responsibility for the deception and sleight-of-hand delaying tabling the 2010 Auditor-General's reports on the annual and continuing "horror of horrors"of government financial hanky-panky, mismanagement and misappropriations of public funds until after the general debate in Parliament on the 2010 Budget (except for the official Ministerial winding-ups) is over?
Is he the Prime Minister or Chief Secretary? Or nobody need be held responsible for this gross parliamentary disrespect and deception?
Although the Auditor-General's Reports for 2010 rated most ministries and government departments as "excellent" in their financial management, the Auditor-General nonetheless made history producing two thickest and most voluminous reports in Malaysian history on the Federal Government's Accounts totally over 1,330 pages - retailing the hair-raising pecaddiloes and major transgressions in the government's public finances in the first full year of Najib's premiership in 2010.
The first public conclusion from the 2010 Auditor-General's Reports is that there is no difference between Datuk Seri Najib Razak's National Transformation Policy and his predecessor Tun Abdullah Ahmad Badawi's "Islam Hadhari" - as horror tales of financial hanky-panky, mismanagement and misappropriations continue unchanged, year in and year out, whether under Najib, Abdullah or even Tun Mahathir's time as Prime Minister.
Just before the political tsunami of the March 2008 general elections, Malaysians were outraged by the revelations at the end of 2007 of financial hanky-panky in the 2006 Auditor-General's reports, eg:
Now, on the eve of the 13th General Elections, Malaysians are equally outraged by the revelations of the 2010 Auditor-General Reports on the continuing financial scandals, hanky-panky and gross financial negligence in government, eg:
In his response to the 2010 Auditor-General's Reports, the Chief Secretary to the Government Tan Sri Sidek Hassan has repeated his annual reaction and call to all departments and agencies to take heed of the Auditor-General's comments and views.
Clearly, the Chief Secretary's past responses to previous Auditor-General Reports had been ineffective, or there would have been no need this year to resort to the parliamentary sleight-of-hand of delaying the tabling of the 2010 Auditor-General's Report to ensure that it would not completely overshadow Najib's 2012 Budget by focussing on the over 1,300 pages of exposes of financial irregularities, hanky-panky as well as misappropriation of public funds in the first full year of Najib's premiership.
Malaysians are still waiting for the Prime Minister or the Chief Secretary to own up to the parliamentary deception in delaying tabling the 2010 Auditor-General Reports until after the end of the parliamentary debate on the 2012 Budget - so as to prevent the 2010 Auditor-General Report from becoming the foremost parliamentary issue.
*Lim Kit Siang, DAP Parliamentary Leader & MP for Ipoh Timor