Anwar insists foul play in ‘lost RM1.4b’

Even if the money was spent, it should be noted down, says the opposition leader.

(Free Malaysia Today) – Opposition Leader Anwar Ibrahim maintained today that there was discrepancy in the use of the RM1.4 billion in contingency funds despite the government’s explanation yesterday.

Anwar, the former deputy prime minister, said it was wrong for the government to use the supplementary Supply Bill to approve the RM1.5 billion contingency fund.

He claimed the move breached Parliament’s Standing Orders.

“Under Standing Order 68, contingency funds must be authorised and decided upon without debate,” he told reporters at the Parliament lobby here.

Anwar on Tuesday had questioned where the RM1.4 billion had gone when the 2010 Auditor- General’s Report said only RM79 million of the contingency fund was left.

He also asked if that was the reason behind the controversial delay in the report’s release.

In an immediate response, Deputy Finance Minister Awang Adek Hussin said the RM1.4 billion was accounted for and approved when the supplementary Supply Bill was tabled and debated in the March-April sitting last year.

But Anwar remain adamant that there was discrepancy in the process.