KUALA LUMPUR: Former Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak, who was also the Minister of Finance, should have been aware of the transfer of money to the consolidated fund intended for the refund of goods and services tax (GST), Prime Minister said Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad.
"Yes … he (Najib) should have known where the money is, money that belongs to the government can not just be spent … (there is a) need to fill in forms, ask permission and there must be a written registration of all money movements.
"If he says he does not know … something must be wrong, the government will track down the perpetrator and is ready to take legal action," he said at a media conference after the opening of the International Conference and exhibition & # 39; Cities 4.0: building a smart and digitized city & # 39; yesterday.
Minister of Finance Lim Guan Eng had said in a statement on Sunday that it was hard to believe that Najib did not know that on 31 May 2018, up to 121,429 companies and individuals still had to recover their GST refunds, with some of the refunds going back to 2015 .
Lim had also noted that only Najib had the power to discontinue the transfer of the RM19.25 billion in the consolidated Rund for the repayment of the GST of the RM82.9 billion requested by the customs department. Najib has denied any mistake.
Dr. Mahathir also spoke about the 1Malaysia People & # 39; s Aid (BR1M), which he had labeled as a form of corruption, and said that the help was given to gather the support of the people.
The Prime Minister said that he believed that the aid was not evenly distributed and accordingly to the groups.
"The government gives and wants to help the people, but the help has to be good: if a person earns less than RM4,000 and has many problems, including a large family liability, we can give him money.
"But giving someone money for earning less than RM4,000, regardless of the situation, is wrong." It's bribes. "Government policy is to help the needy, not everyone," he said. – Bernama