Khamis, 19 April 2018

Tan Seng Giaw Stays Firm On 1MDB

Public Accounts Committee (PAC) deputy chairperson Dr Tan Seng Giaw stood by his statement that the PAC report into the 1MDB fiasco did not implicate caretaker prime minister Najib Abdul Razak.

"That was merely my view based on the PAC report into 1MDB. I opined that you need to have proof to implicate someone. Failing which, it would be fake (allegation)," he told Malaysiakini.

Tan said this when asked whether the controversial statement had led to him being dropped as the candidate for Kepong parliamentary seat.

Last night, DAP secretary-general Lim Guan Eng announced that Tan will be replaced by incumbent Segambut MP Lim Lip Eng, while Subang Jaya assemblyperson Hannah Yeoh will be fielded in Segambut.

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Public Accounts Committee (PAC) deputy chairperson Dr Tan Seng Giaw stood by his statement that the PAC report into the 1MDB fiasco did not implicate caretaker prime minister Najib Abdul Razak.

"That was merely my view based on the PAC report into 1MDB. I opined that you need to have proof to implicate someone. Failing which, it would be fake (allegation)," he told Malaysiakini.

Tan said this when asked whether the controversial statement had led to him being dropped as the candidate for Kepongparliamentary seat.

Last night, DAP secretary-general Lim Guan Eng announced that Tan will be replaced by incumbent Segambut MP Lim Lip Eng, while incumbent Subang Jaya assemblyperson Hannah Yeoh will be fielded in Segambut.

"Nevermind. Regardless of what had led to this (me being dropped), you need to substantiate your allegation with proof. The ultimate party to decide is the court of law," Tan said.

"I read the (PAC) report. What I found only is that the (1MDB's former) CEO had been implicated. But I do agree that we need further probe because this involves public funds."

Tan said his conscience is clear in regard to his statement on the PAC report.

The 106-page PAC report on 1MDB recommended that the authorities investigate the company's former CEO Shahrol Azral Ibrahim Halmi and other related parties.

Najib, who was the 1MDB advisory board chairperson, said the report concluded that he had not committed any offence.

The year prior, Tan was the sole DAP lawmaker absent at the 2016 Budget voting, admitting that he missed the voting as he was watching live coverage of the Paris attacks on TV.

Asked if his absence in Parliament led to him being dropped, he did not give a direct answer.
He said nobody informed him that voting was about to take place on that day.

In the last general election, Tan retained the Kepong seat with a majority of 40,307 votes, beating two challengers, PPP's A Chandrakumanan and independent Yee Poh Ping.

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