Declassifying the Auditor-General’s (A-G) report on 1MDB might have a negative impact on the nation when it is politicised, MCA’s Ti Lian Ker said.
While the party’s Central Committee member conceded that the A-G’s report should “ideally be transparent”, making it available to the public could lead to the issue being politicised by Opposition leaders.
“Transparency must come in the interest of justice and accountability, not politicking.
“If the purpose is to politicise the report, instead of seeking justice, then it defeats the purpose of transparency,” he told FMT.
Ti was responding to a proposal mooted by PKR lawmaker Wong Chen who suggested the A-G’s report on the state investment arm, currently classified under the Official Secrets Act, be declassified as the document had been widely circulated on the Internet.
Wong had said this in reply to Salleh Said Keruak’s statement that the Sarawak Report may have misled Malaysians into believing that the A-G’s report on the state investment arm was the whole truth when it was just one component of many that make up the PAC report.
Salleh’s comments came after news portal Malaysiakini reported that the London-based Sarawak Report had published some of the contents of the A-G’s report on 1MDB.
Gerakan Youth Chief Tan Keng Liang, meanwhile, rubbished Wong Chen’s comments, labelling it “a faux argument”.
He added that disclosing the report would only promote people leaking other documents under the OSA.
The documents, he noted, had already been disclosed when the Public Accounts Committee investigated 1MDB.
“PAC Deputy Chief from the DAP, Tan Seng Giaw, even confirmed that Prime Minister Najib Razak was not directly involved with 1MDB and need not be accountable for the issues.
“I think Wong Chen should meet up with Tan Seng Giaw instead of depending only on the Sarawak Report,” he said when contacted.