DAP calls on Auditor-General to conduct a special audit to ensure that there is no misuse of public funds and abuse of government facilities in Mahathirís pre-election national  tour as Barisan Nasional and UMNO President to drum up voter support


Media Statement
by Lim Kit Siang
 

(Petaling Jaya, Wednesday): Datuk Seri Dr. Mahathir Mohamad will begin his second pre-election tour of the country in Kedah tomorrow and Friday to drum up voter support in the run-up to the next general election.

Mahathir should realise that it is none of the business of the Prime Minister of Malaysia to campaign for votes for the Barisan Nasional, and there must be a clear distinction between his two positions, one as Prime Minister  of the country and the other as head of UMNO and Barisan Nasional.

If Mahathir  goes round the country  in his capacity as Prime Minister using public funds and government resources to drum up support for  UMNO and Barisan Nasional, it is a blatant  abuse of power,  misappropriation of public funds and clear conflict of interest.

In the past several months, Mahathir had misused his powers and position as Prime Minister in  his first national tour of the states in the country to openly campaign for the Barisan Nasional in the run-up to the next general election. 


Malaysian taxpayers pay Mahathir to carry out his duties as Prime Minister and not as President of UMNO and Chairman of Barisan Nasional.

Mahathir should ensure that in his second national tour of the country as President of UMNO and Barisan Nasional to seek voter support for the next general election, he should not misuse his position and powers as Prime Minister and all the expenses incurred from his second series of national tours should be paid from UMNO or Barisan Nasional funds and not from the public treasury.

This was the reason why  Bapa Malaysia, Tengku Abdul Rahman resigned  as Prime Minister in  April 1959, when he felt that he had to go round the country to consolidate national support for  the  Alliance before the 1959  general election, in the face of a  formidable challenge from the Opposition.

Tengku stepped down temporarily as Prime Minister between April to August 1959  so that he would not be accused of abusing his powers and position as Prime Minister when he led the  campaign for public support for Alliance, resuming the Prime Ministerís post after the Alliance won the 1959 general election.

Mahathir would not be able to follow such a high standard set by Tengku Abdul Rahman as to step down temporarily as Prime Minister so that he could lead the nation-wide campaign for UMNO and  Barisan Nasional to woo voter support, but he should at least make a clear distinction of not using public coffers and government resources for his second pre-election nation-wide tour as UMNO and  Barisan Nasional President.


In this connection, I call on the Auditor-General to conduct a special audit to ensure that there is no misuse of public funds and abuse of government facilities in Mahathirís pre-election national  tour as Barisan Nasional and UMNO President to drum up voter support and to present the audit  report to Parliament.

(20/10/99)


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