KUALA LUMPUR: MCA president Datuk Seri Dr Wee Ka Siong said it is a criminal offence under Section 25(e) of the Accountants Act 1967 for any individual or organisation to call himself or herself an accountant unless he or she is registered with the Malaysian Institute of Accountants (MIA).
“Lim is far from even being a certified or a chartered accountant.
“We leave it to DAP and the rakyat to judge if a legal offence has been committed,” said Dr Wee in a Facebook posting yesterday, showing a report by New Straits Times in June 2018 saying that Lim Guan Eng had claimed to be a former accountant.
Dr Wee also pointed out that Lim was quoted by news portal MalaysiaKini in a report on March 2012 as saying that he was a failed accountant and had spent less than a week in an accounting firm in Malaysia before he was sacked.
“In fact, online checks with the Malaysian Institute of Accountants (MIA) does not show Lim as being a member.
“In Malaysia, you cannot misrepresent yourself as an accountant unless you are a member of MIA,” he said.
Lim’s qualification in accounting is the latest to come under scrutiny after a series of alleged false education credentials involving Pakatan Harapan leaders, including Deputy Foreign Minister Datuk Marzuki Yahya, Johor Mentri Besar Datuk Osman Sapian and Tronoh assemblyman Paul Yong Choo Kiong, the Star said.
Yesterday the Finance Minister threatened to sue anyone questioning his degree credentials.