PUTRAJAYA DEC.5: Businessman Tan Sri Syed Mokhtar Syed Nor Albukhary should pay back the government RM10 million starting this month (Dec.) and RM50 million from Bernas beginning 2023, says Prime Minister, Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim.
The 10th Prime Minister said, Syed Mohktar has been informed that the rice imported is not a concession in Bernas. Still, instead, it belongs to Tan Boon Seng with 31 percent shares while Syed Mokhtar RM800 million and Datuk Seri Shahidan Kassim RM400 million.
“Monopoly should not exist as it is “sucking the blood” of the poor farmers. The money is to help the poor farmers,” said Anwar who is also the Minister of Finance at a press conference here today.
Anwar has also pointed out that it is based on good governance and how it is being implemented, and not about the Malays and Islam.
Anwar said, the Minister of Agriculture and Food Security, Mohamad Sabu will be announcing a lower price of eggs tomorrow and with less dependent on the cartel.
Regarding the Ministers’salary cut proposed when Anwar was newly appointed as the 10th Prime Minister, Anwar said, the new Cabinet Ministers have agreed to have a 20 percent salary cut every month until the national economy is fully recovered. He then thanked them for making such scarification.
The Prime Minister also said he had never informed the Royal Police Malaysia (RPM) to act on any criticisms made by the public against the government but will answer when necessary.
He also explained that it was the Malay Rulers that warned the people not to play with issues regarding race and religious sensitivities.
On the allegation of RM600 billion projects released without tender by the previous Perikatan Nasional (PN) government, Anwar said, the Ministry of Finance will form an investigation body to find out if there was any form of corruption had occurred. The allegation that the Prime Minister had held the fullest power and gave the projects, as well as a mandate to the close associates, will also be investigated.
Anwar also emphasized that the tender process was not transparent and this needs to be reviewed. This is to ensure that everything should be followed according to the procedures. –Malaysia World News