Pakatan Rakyat MPs made the call after the Selangor state government revealed its independent audit on Talam yesterday.
KUALA LUMPUR: Several Pakatan Rakyat MPs today challenged the federal government to table its audit report on the National Feedlot Corporation (NFCorp) scandal to the public.
“We know that audit firm PricewaterhouseCoopers had already delivered its report on NFCorp. Make it public,” said DAP MP Tony Pua at a press conference held at DAP headquarters.
Also present were PAS MP Dzulkefly Ahmad and PKR MP William Leong.
Pua made the call after audit firm KPMG Transaction & Restructuring Sdn Bhd reported yesterday that the Selangor state government made a “sound commercial decision” in the Talam debt recovery exercise worth RM392 million.
Since July, Agriculture and Agro-Based Deputy Minister Chua Tee Yong had accused the state government of misappropriating nearly RM1 billion to bail out debt-ridden Talam.
Selangor Menteri Besar Abdul Khalid Ibrahim, however, said that KPMG had found that the state government had only collected money from Talam and no payment was made to the company as accused by Chua.
The full report would be tabled at the Selangor State Legislative Assembly in November. Khalid also appointed Pua, Dzulkefly and Leong as the official spokesmen on the matter.
Pua said that if Chua was unhappy, the latter can challenge the audit report by providing any evidence of wrong-doings to the state government, MACC or KPMG.
The DAP leader also said that he would conduct a forum on Talam at the MCA leader’s own constituency of Labis, on Sept 9.
“We will hold the forum at the Yong Hock Kong Chinese Temple Hall at 7.30pm and I challenge Chua to come debate us there. Previously, he dismissed me saying I’m not the official spokesman but now the state had made me one of the spokesmen.
“If he doesn’t show up, he should forever hold his peace on the matter and focus on recovering the RM250 million lost from the NFCorp issue. However, we will continue with the forum as we need to explain the matter to the public,” he said.
Echoing Pua’s sentiments, Dzulkefly said that Chua should ask how Talam got itself into a massive debt in the first place.
“Chua got it all wrong. The culprits are now trying to sound like victims in the whole thing,” he said.