DAP slams MACC’s ‘unholy silence’ over Pandora Papers

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a hand holding a book: Lim Guan Eng said more than 330 politicians from 90 countries were named in the Pandora Papers leak, which included Malaysians. (Bloomberg pic)© Provided by Free Malaysia Today Lim Guan Eng said more than 330 politicians from 90 countries were named in the Pandora Papers leak, which included Malaysians. (Bloomberg pic)

PETALING JAYA: DAP secretary-general Lim Guan Eng has slammed the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) for turning a blind eye towards the Pandora Papers leak.

Lim, who is Bagan MP, said despite the public pressure from opposition MPs, the MACC had stubbornly refused to launch an investigation into the matter.

He said more than 330 politicians from 90 countries had been exposed by the Pandora Papers leak for dubious accumulation of wealth,and it included prominent Malaysians.

“This has raised public scepticism and doubts about MACC’s credibility and also justified suspicion that it will turn a blind eye when politicians supporting the government are involved,” he said in a statement today.

He said due to the lack of action by MACC against alleged money laundering by pro-government politicians, Bank Negara was the only other institution that could act against illicit financial outflows.

“Unfortunately, Bank Negara too appears to be following the MACC and is maintaining an unholy silence on this.”

As such, Lim said he was not surprised that Malaysia’s score in the global rule of law index had dipped, ranking 54th out of the 139 nations surveyed in the World Justice Project’s (WJP) Rule of Law Index 2021.

This contrasted with Malaysia’s ranking of 47th place out of 128 countries last year.

Lim said a full investigation into the alleged illicit outflow of funds must be launched.

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