ACA provided with latest Brisbane Courier Mail report that Muhammad Taib had bought RM5.7 million properties in New Zealand in the past year and registered in his wifeís name


Media Statement
by Lim Kit Siang
(Petaling Jaya, Wednesday):
I have written to the Director-General of Anti-Corruption Agency, Datuk Shafee Yahya, furnishing him with the latest Brisbane Courier Mail report on Saturday (28th June 1997) revealing that UMNO Vice President and former Selangor Mentri Besar, Tan Sri Muhammad Muhammad Taib had bought six properties in New Zealand in the past year worth some RM5.7 million and registered in his wifeís name.

The Brisbane Courier Mail report on Saturday under the heading "Politicianís property empire still growing", by-lined Sean Parnell, states:

It is most ironical that when Tan Sri Muhammad Muhammad Taib resigned as Selangor Mentri Besar in April, he said he wanted to set an example of the "new culture of accountability" as in Japan and South Korea where government and political leaders resign their various posts if involved in scandals of corruption, gross negligence or incompetence.

With these new revelations in the Brisbane Courier-Mail, Muhammad Taib, who had failed to sue the newspaper despite his public threat on April 14, has no choice but to resign as UMNO Vice President as well as Assemblyman for Batang Kali.

The Anti-Corruption Agency sent a high-powered team to Brisbane to investigate into the reports about the various properties of Muhammad Taib in Australia. Nobody knows what is the outcome of such investigations. Is the ACA also going to send a team to New Zealand to check on the new revelations?

What is of greater concern to Malaysians is Muhammad Taibís failure in the past six months to give a satisfactory explanation for the the RM25.4 million worth of various expenditures and properties which had been reported by the foreign press and linked to him, namely:

With the latest Brisbane Courier Mail revelations, Muhammad Taib would have to account for RM31.1 million worth of various expenditures and properties, raising the question as to what is Muhammad Taibís total assets and worth.

In the circumstances surrounding Muhammad Taibís case, the ACA should state whether it had asked the former Selangor Mentri Besar to declare his assets and those of his wife and next-of-kin, and the total assets declared by Muhammad Taib.

(2/7/97)


*Lim Kit Siang - Malaysian Parliamentary Opposition Leader, Democratic Action Party Secretary-General & Member of Parliament for Tanjong