Mahathir should agree to an emergency debate in Parliament tomorrow to answer  Anwar’s charges on the Prime Minister’s involvement in the Perwaja scandal

Urgent Motion 18(1)
- Anwar Ibrahim's police report on Perwaja
Lim Kit Siang 

(Dewan Rakyat, Monday):  Notice to the Dewan Rakyat Speaker on 23 July 1999, requesting the House to grant leave to the Ketua Pembangkang, YB Lim Kit Siang, under SO 18(1) to adjourn the House to discuss a matter of urgent definite  public importance, namely:

"The police report lodged by the former Deputy Prime Minister, Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim last Wednesday on July 21, 1999, viz. Tun H.S.Lee Police Station Report 19625/99,  on the Perwaja scandal as:

1.  The police report has thrown a  completely new light on the Perwaja scandal in implicating for the first time  the Prime Minister, Datuk Seri Mahathir Mohamad in the Perwaja scandal, which  suffered RM2.985 billion in accumulated losses and RM6.939 billion in liabilities at the end of 1995, making it the biggest financial scandal in the history of Malaysia.
2.   In his police report, the former Deputy Prime Minister  who was at the relevant time the Finance Minister, said that the Ministry of Finance was alerted  in early 1996 that Perwaja was almost insolvent and would require massive injection of funds from the Government, but  several earlier attempts to obtain detailed information from the then management, particularly its Managing Director, Eric Chia failed as he repeatedly claimed that his actions had the support and were under the directions of the Prime Minister - which claims were substantiated with letters written by the Prime Minister himself.
3.  With the new information in the police report, Parliament is duty-bound  to ascertain whether the real reason why Anti-Corruption Agency investigations into the Perwaja scandal are  heading nowhere after more than four years is because of the direct involvement of the Prime Minister in the Perwaja scandal - and to demand for  a Royal Commission of Inquiry into the Perwaja scandal  not only to clear the Prime Minister but to ensure that it will not be another  ‘heinous crime without a criminal’."

* The request was rejected by the Speaker under the ground that the matter was ‘not urgent’


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