FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
17 June 2015
PRESS STATEMENT: Prosecute those responsible for Pembinaan PFI liabilities if found guilty
17 June 2015, Kuala Lumpur – IDEAS wishes to express concern over the revelation of the sheer extent of Pembinaan PFI Sdn Bhd liabilities.
‘As stated by the Public Accounts Committee today, concealing RM 27.9 billion in liabilities as “off-budget expenditures” distorts the real picture of the country’s financial situation,’ said Wan Saiful Wan Jan, CEO of IDEAS.
‘This is important because it means the government will be forced to commit to financial management of the debt in the years to come, and any budget adjustments will affect the poor and vulnerable most’.
But more importantly, he added, this deception represents a serious lack of transparency and good governance.
‘A hallmark of good governance is being held accountable for all uses of public funds,’ Wan Saiful said. ‘Concealing the RM28 billion in debt from the annual budget audit is a breach of public trust, and indicates that they wished to avoid being held publicly accountable for it.’
‘The government must come clean not only about the ways this debt was accrued, but also in how they plan on dealing with it. The people responsible for this mismanagement of funds must be brought to justice and prosecuted accordingly if found guilty.’
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Re-published in The Malay Mail Online.