KUCHING, May 25: It is high time for Sarawak United Peoples’ Party (SUPP) which had allegedly received RM1 million from 1Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB) to clear its name amidst ongoing investigations into the debt-ridden fund, said a state opposition leader today.
“In order to clear and to uphold SUPP’s integrity and reputation, we urge (SUPP president Datuk) Dr Sim (Kui Hian) to come clean and to facilitate (Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission) in their investigation on the troubled 1MDB scandal.
“If what has been alleged by Sarawak Report is deemed to be true, SUPP must return the RM1 million donation back to the people,” Sarawak Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) deputy youth chief Jeffery Mok told a press conference today.
The recently unblocked whistleblower site Sarawak Report had in 2016 alleged that SUPP was one of the beneficiaries, getting RM1 million from the previous Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak’s “Saudi Donor” account.
In the article titled “Why did Najib pay RM1 million to SUPP from his ‘Saudi Donor’ account?”, Sarawak Report also posted photos of two cheques issued to ‘Sarawak United People’s Party” amounting to RM500,000 dated 2012 and 2013 respectively.
In May 2016, Sim had reportedly said that he had never seen the alleged cheques. All SUPP leaders have kept mum on this issue pertaining to 1MDB till date.
Mok thereby urged MACC to investigate this matter as to whether there is any connection between 1MDB and the RM1 million allegedly given to SUPP.
The new Pakatan Harapan government is now fulfilling its pledge to investigate 1MDB, dubbed as the largest corruption scandal in the world, which is unable to pay its debts.
Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng said earlier this week the previous government deceived the public and Parliament over the country’s financial situation and 1MDB, and that it had been bailing out debt-burdened 1MDB since April 2017, paying a total of RM6.98 billion so far. — DayakDaily