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Is there a conspiracy to cover-up info on real ownership of Good Star?

Kit Siang: Hasan caught lying again on 1MDB Report

Hasan Arifin has taken more than a month to think of an excuse to justify his “unilateral and arbitrary” deletion in the PAC Report on 1MDB.

KUALA LUMPUR: DAP Parliamentary Leader Lim Kit Siang wants to know whether Hasan Arifin, the chairman of the parliamentary Public Accounts Committee (PAC), was changing the story on why he had “unilaterally and arbitrarily tampered” with the PAC Report on 1MDB.

Lim, who is also Gelang Patah MP, noted in a statement that Hasan took more than a month to come up with a new excuse. “He now claims the information provided by Bank Negara was of ‘intelligence grade’, meaning presumably of low-quality credibility value.”

Earlier, recalled the DAP veteran, the deletion from the PAC Report on 1MDB was attributed by Hasan to the information provided by the central bank being “confidential for the purpose of intelligence only and not for court usage or public consumption”.

Hasan, reiterated Lim, has taken more than a month to think of a new excuse to justify his unilateral and arbitrary deletion of the PAC Report on 1MDB “without the knowledge or consent of the PAC members on both sides of the divide”.

Nobody understands what Hasan means when he categorizes the Bank Negara information as “intelligence grade” and cannot be accepted as true unless “verified”, pointed out Lim.

He warned the PAC Chairman that it was his job to verify the truth of Bank Negara’s information by summoning relevant witnesses.

“Jho Low and the Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak, as chairman of the 1MDB Board of Advisers, should have been summoned.”

“Najib is the sole person, under Article 117 of the 1MDB Memorandum and Articles of Association, who must give written consent for any major 1MDB decision or transaction.”

Lim thinks that the taxpayers would not begrudge Hassan and the PAC flying out to Seychelles, the emerald-green archipelago in the Indian Ocean, to come back with a positive answer on the beneficial owner of Good Star Limited. “The company has played so central a role in the nation’s first global mega financial scandal.”

Lim was commenting on Hasan “unilaterally and arbitrarily” rejecting Bank Negara’s information from financial watchdogs of other countries that Good Star Limited did not belong to PetroSaudi-International. “He failed as PAC Chairman.”

Hasan’s latest denial, continued Lim, has only “fortified” the belief that there’s a high-level “cover up” conspiracy on 1MDB. “The Ministers are so prone to lie when it comes to the RM55 billion 1MDB Scandal.”

Hasan aside, alleged Lim, Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Azalina Othman Said has also been caught red-handed “telling another lie” in Parliament on the 1MDB Scandal.

The DAP veteran wants to know whether Azalina was observing some sort of new “Ministerial standard” on contradictions. “Ministerial statements, speeches and assurances, under the circumstances, don’t command any credibility.”

In a written parliamentary reply to Petaling Jaya Utara MP Tony Pua on Wednesday, lamented Lim, Azalina “insisted” that Good Star Limited, the firm which received USD1.03 billion from 1MDB, belonged to PetroSaudi International and/or was owned by it at the time the payment was made.

Azalina’s untruthful reply was doubly inexcusable, said Lim.

Firstly, it flies in the face of the Bank Negara letter to Hasan on April 6 disclosing that the central bank “had been informed voluntarily by the authorities of that country — Seychelles — that Good Star Limited is a company owned by an individual that has no links to PetroSaudi Group”.

“It was Azalina who cited this when defending the unilateral and arbitrary deletion by Hasan of a line in the PAC Report on 1MDB, “pointed out Lim. “The deletion was on the grounds that this Bank Negara information was confidential and not meant for publication.”

Secondly, Azalina told Parliament earlier that Good Star Limited was not a company owned by PetroSaudi International. “The following week she blatantly lied that Good Star Limited was owned by PetroSaudi International,” reminded Lim. “This contradicts what she had said only a few days earlier.”

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Kit Siang: Hasan caught lying again on 1MDB Report
May 29, 2016 – FMT

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