PAC wraps up GST refunds probe, Guan Eng last witness called

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Public Accounts Committee chairman, Datuk Seri Ronald Kiandee, speaks to reporters in Parliament November 14, 2018. — Picture by Miera Zulyana

KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 14 — Parliament’s Public Accounts Committee (PAC) has concluded its probe into the missing RM19.4 million Goods and Services Tax (GST) refunds and will table a report either by the end of the current sitting or early next year.

Its chairman Datuk Seri Ronald Kiandee said the committee will meet to gather the evidence and documents presented to them since last month.

“We have called our seventh witness today, Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng, and we would like to table the report as soon as possible.

“If we can do it before the end of this session, we will definitely do it; otherwise, it will be early next year,” he told reporters after the PAC proceeding in Parliament, here, today. The current session ends on December 11.

Meanwhile, Lim said he was called to explain the missing millions from the GST refunds.

“The PAC was under the false impression that the money is still there, which was quite a surprise.

“We told them that it is not there. If it’s still there, we (are) having a big celebration,” he said.

In August, the Dewan Rakyat was told that the RM19.4 billion was missing from the government’s trust account for GST refunds.

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