Auditor-General  Datuk Mohamed Khalil should clarify whether he is empowered to conduct a special audit to ensure no misuse of public funds in Mahathirís  pre-election tours or whether his office is another state institution which has lost its independence, professionalism and integrity


Media Statement
by Lim Kit Siang
 

(Petaling Jaya, Friday): Two days ago, I had called on the Auditor-General Datuk Mohamed Khalil Mohamed Noor to conduct a special audit to ensure that there is no misuse of public funds and abuse of government facilities in Datuk Seri Dr. Mahathir Mohamadís  national pre-election  tours as Barisan Nasional and UMNO President to drum up voter support.

I specifically pointed out that Mahathir would  begin his second pre-election tour of the country in Kedah yesterday and today  to drum up voter support in the run-up to the next general election and that 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.

I stressed that it is none of the business of the Prime Minister of Malaysia to campaign for votes for the Barisan Nasional, and when Mahathir goes round the country  in his capacity as UMNO and Barisan Nasional President to drum up voter support for these political organisations, public funds and government resources must not be involved or  it would be  a blatant  abuse of power,  misappropriation of public funds and clear conflict of interest.

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

Yesterday, Mahathirís speech in Yan was telecast live, although it was a Barisan Nasional gathering with the Barisan Nasional dominating the stage.  The rostrum was clearly shown on television as a JKR property.

Why was a Barisan Nasional political gathering, where Mahathir openly solicited the support of the voters for UMNO and Barisan Nasional, telecast live on government television channel.  Why were JKR properties used in the Barisan Nasional gathering when it had nothing do whatsoever with the Public Works Department?  Did Barisan Nasional pay RTM for the live telecast and JKR for the use of its properties?

I am disappointed that the Auditor-General had not responded to my call that he conduct a special audit to ensure that there is no misuse of public funds and government resources in Mahathirís pre-election tours of the country as the head of  UMNO and Barisan Nasional.

As Mahathir is now starting  his second series of national pre-election tours, the Auditor-General should assign a special task force to follow Mahathir to conduct a spot-check of all instances of misuse of funds and government resources.

I am perturbed by Datuk Mohamed Khalilís silence and inaction. I call on the Auditor-General to clarify whether he is empowered to conduct a special audit to ensure no misuse of public funds in Mahathirís  pre-election tours or whether his office is another state institution which has lost its independence, professionalism and integrity.

(22/10/99)


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