KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 26, 2015:
Tony Pua said the new Attorney-General must explain why the newly renamed taskforce will not be investigating 1Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB) or its related companies.
Labelling the National Revenue Recovery Enforcement Team’s (NRRET) announcement it was not involved in probing the state investment arm “shocking”, the DAP national publicity secretary chief in a press statement, said Malaysians deserve to know why the investigations have ceased.
This despite, Pua argued, the Attorney-General’s Chambers (AGC) stating NRRET’s aims remained the same, which is to assist the government in dealing with evasion of custom duties and tax by individuals and corporate bodies, smuggling activities, misuse of subsidised goods, illegal outflow of funds, and acts of corruption.
The Petaling Jaya Utara lawmaker added that Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Paul Low had last month denied any attempts to “hamper the efforts of the Task Force to carry out its investigation”.
Failure to explain its inexplicable decision to stop all investigations into 1MDB, Pua warned, will render the new AG a complete puppet of the Prime Minister.
“His complicity in covering the single largest financial scandal in the country will also make him the worst and most irresponsible AG in the history of Malaysia less than 2 months into his term.”
Pua also said the latest announcement by the AGC has made it clear to all Malaysians that the Executive is blatantly trying to stop all investigations into 1MDB.
NRRET comprises AGC, Bank Negara Malaysia, the police, the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission , the Customs Department, the Inland Revenue Department (IRD), the Domestic Trade Cooperatives and Consumerism Ministry and the Companies Commission of Malaysia (CCM).
Yesterday Attorney-General Tan Sri Mohamed Apandi Ali explained NRRET was a rebranded version of the previous task force that was first formed in 2011.