Friday, May 15, 2015
Do they really want to know the truth about 1MDB?
Salleh Said Keruak
Some people, Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad included, are demanding answers regarding 1MDB. However, I have noticed that when answers are given these critics would brush off the response and label them as lies. They say they can no longer believe what the government says.
That is their prerogative, of course, but if they do not believe what the government says then why demand answers when if the answers are given you will say you do not believe them anyway?
It is best we let the PAC complete its investigation into 1MDB and then come out with its report. The external auditors are also doing the same. After all, the members of the PAC comprise of opposition leaders as well. So you cannot say that this is a government cover up, like what they normally say when the government issues a statement.
The crux of the matter is the allegation that 1MDB has lost RM42 billion. The PAC should focus on this allegation and confirm whether RM42 billion has, in fact, been lost. And if the answer is no then the PAC needs to tell us where that money is, which is what most people want to know.
As Dr Mahathir said, it is not the issue that money has been lost. Dr Mahathir admitted that even when he was Prime Minister the country lost a lot of money, probably more than the amount involving 1MDB. It is the knowledge of where it has been lost that is important.
Dr Mahathir said he also might have lost money when he was Prime Minister but we know where it was lost. In 1MDB’s case we do not know, said Dr Mahathir.
So what the PAC has to do to pacify Malaysians and Dr Mahathir is to confirm whether RM42 billion has really been lost and if it has then where was it lost. Then the 1MDB matter can be put to rest.