Congratulations to Mat Taib for his acquittal in Brisbane but will he now prove his patriotism by selling his properties in Australia and New Zealand worth tens of millions of ringgit and bring the proceeds back to "save"  Malaysia?

Media Statement
by Lim Kit Siang  

(Petaling Jaya, Saturday): Congratulations to Tan Sri Muhammad Muhammad Taib for his acquittal by a jury in the Brisbane district court on two charges, first that  on Dec 16, 1996, under Section 29(3)(a) of the Financial Transaction Reports Act 1988, he  knowingly made a false declaration in his International Currency Transfer Report that he had only  RM20,000 (A$9,793) when he arrived at the Brisbane International Airport, and secondly, that on Dec 22, 1996, at the Brisbane International Airport, under Section 15(1) of the Act, he  transferred out an equivalent of A$1.2mil in United States, Malaysian, Singapore and New Zealand currencies without declaring the sum to the Australian Customs.

While Muhammad is understandably celebrating his acquittal in Brisbane, there are several public interest questions he must address, including:


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