Zahid: Money may have been used for development projects

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KUALA LUMPUR — Opposition Leader Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi rejected Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng’s assertion that RM18 billion Goods and Services Tax (GST) refund monies went “missing”.

The Umno president said the funds could have been used for approved development projects instead.

“I don’t think it is missing for the funds are put in a consolidated account, so we have to see it as being part of a consolidated fund. Only if it was used for reasons that are not according to regulations, it would be considered a theft,” the Bagan Datuk MP said.

Ahmad Zahid said that if the funds were used for other developments that were approved as per the budget, the government could just table a supplementary supply Bill to bridge the funds, and not “accuse” the previous administration.

“The attitude of the government seems to be all about engaging in a blame game, as if they are still the Opposition,” he said.

“If they can’t resolve the problem, hand (government) to us, we will find a way to resolve this,” he added.