10 January 2019
Media statement by MCA President cum Ayer Hitam MP Datuk Seri Ir Dr Wee Ka Siong
The strong reactions and anger shown by Lim Guan Eng towards the feature "Wee Wins Respect as Opposition MP" in Sunday Star shocks me.
If he had read through the Q and A content carefully, he would not have accused the MCA of receiving 1MDB funds.
In fact, he has assumed that the election funds of RM16.5 million handed to MCA's previous president Tan Sri Dr Chua Soi Lek by Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak belonged to 1MDB.
Lim Guan Eng, as Finance Minister, should know that there is a law governing banking secrecy. Under the Financial Services Act 2013, MCA will have no right to tell a bank to disclose the origin of Najib’s money given to MCA in 2013 for election purposes.
From Lim Guan Eng's statements, I can sense he has little knowledge about legal principles.
Since he accuses the MCA of receiving 1MDB money, he must prove his allegations. The onus is on the prosecution or the accuser to prove guilt of the accused in a legal process. This is a basic legal knowledge that he should understand.
It should also be noted that MACC has launched a probe into 1MDB since Pakatan Harapan took over the federal administration.
Lim Guan Eng should allow MACC to carry out its duties independently and to report the progress of its investigation.
If Lim Guan Eng possesses proofs of MCA accepting funds from 1MDB, or suspects that MCA is involved in corruption beyond what MACC has collected during its eight-month-long investigation, please lodge a report with the police and MACC.
Do not behave like an MACC officer while the rakyat expect you to get your act together and focus on your tasks as the Finance Minister.
We know Lim Guan Eng is only doing so to shift people's attention away from his bullying behaviour towards Tunku Abdul Rahman University College, Pakatan Harapan's failure in recognising Unified Education Certificate and the increasingly weak economy.
I promise that MCA, under my leadership, will give its full cooperation to the authorities on the 1MDB investigation even though the alleged transfer of funds happened before I took over the helm of the party.
Datuk Seri Ir. Dr. Wee Ka Siong