PUTRAJAYA: Home Minister Datuk Seri Saifuddin Nasution Ismail will hold talks with Inspector General of Police (IGP) Tan Sri Acryl Sani Abdullah Sani regarding the RM600 billion spent during former prime minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin’s administration.
Saifuddin said he also planned to meet Prime Minister Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim tomorrow regarding the matter.
The newly minted minister said it remained unclear whether any investigation into the issue should be conducted by the police or other agencies.
He said the prime minister’s statement was clear and even mentioned the amount together with the parties involved.
Anwar yesterday said there was a serious breach of procedure in government spending during Muhyiddin’s administration.
The controversy regarding the RM600 billion spent during the Covid-19 pandemic was initially raised by former Melaka Chief Minister Adly Zahari on Nov 15.
Earlier, Saifuddin clocked in for official duties at the ministry at 9.28 am here, today.
He was welcomed by ministry’s secretary-general Datuk Wan Ahmad Dahlan Abdul Aziz. NST
PM: Serious lapses detected involving use of RM600bil funds by Muhyiddin’s govt
PUTRAJAYA: There were several serious lapses in the alleged RM600bil expenditure during Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin’s term as prime minister, says Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim
“From what I have been informed, there have been several serious (procedural breaches) involving a huge amount and a few projects, whereby the mark-ups were too high and handed over to specific parties,” he told the press after chairing the first Cabinet meeting at Perdana Putra here on Monday (Dec 5).
“This has resulted in those parties spending extravagantly.”
The Prime Minister also said there had been no discussion yet on whether or not a Royal Commission of Inquiry (RCI) was required to investigate the matter.
He added that he would leave it to the discretion of the Cabinet to decide on the next course of action.
“It was not mentioned in the Cabinet meeting, and as such I will leave it to them and the necessary departments to assess the issue,” he said.
He had been asked about the need for an RCI to investigate the allegations.
Muhyiddin, who is also Perikatan Nasional chairman, had said that he never embezzled or misused funds meant to help the people and that if he did, investigations would have started a long time ago. ANN
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