AFTER the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) announced that it is focusing on the RM92.5 bill government fund spent in 2020 and 2021 related to the management of the COVID-19 pandemic, internet users have been arguing vehemently.
Twitter users are now squabbling whether RM92.5 bil is a small amount compared to the RM2.6 bil of former prime minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak in the 1Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB) scandal.
The argument follows comments from some users who said the money under investigation is small compared to the initial RM600 bil.
Meanwhile, some are accusing Prime Minister Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim of politicking as he stated the alleged sum misused or misappropriated was RM600 bil while the MACC is investigating the RM92.5 bil since it says the RM437.5 bil is not from the government.
Suara Rakyat Malaysia @srmrasmi posted a tweet saying, “Anwar tuduh RM600B, hasil siasatan sprm hanya Rm90Billion sahaja yang perlu disiasat. Situ pun dah nampak anwar main politik persepsi.”
The user is saying Anwar has spoken of RM600 bil but the MACC says ‘only’ RM90 bil is to be investigated. “Even there, Anwar has been seen playing the politics of perception,” the user says.
In response to this tweet, a user, HngMud @DaHangMuda stated, “ Siapa yg bermegah tentang RM600b dan RM530b?! Apa politik persepsi? Ternyata Mahiaddin & TITM bohong tentang berapa banyak duit kerajaan belakang masuk PN telah belanja untuk rakyat! Ini dia “Gelombang Integriti” disebut oleh @wansaiful!.”
The English translation is that who would brag about the RM600 Billion and the RM530 Billion. What does this have to do with perception in politics? It is proven that Mahiaddin (Muhyiddin) and TITM (PAS Deputy President Tuan Ibrahim Tuan Man) lied about how much of the backdoor government’s money Perikatan Nasional was actually spent for Malaysians.
Another Twitter user, Jan_Banjar @jan_banjari stated, “90 billion sahaja? Dasar walaun, 90b tu boleh dia sebut sahaja mcm tu je. Woiii Anwar sebut suruh siasat 600b yg disebut sendiri eh Muhyiddin. Dia tak main persepsi. Itulah permainan orang bijak, pancing sikit je untuk dapat umpan besar. Ternyata, belum BERSIH & STABIL lah PN ni.”
The user argues over the ‘Only RM90 bil’ by the original poster who said it was only that amount that is being investigated.
“Anwar requested SPRM to investigate RM600 bil, which was casually mentioned by Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin himself. Anwar Ibrahim is not playing through political perception, he is playing a game that is well played by intelligent people in order to scoop the bigger issue. It is still not proven that Perikatan Nasional is clean and stable,” he says.
The facts behind the RM600 bil mentionned by the Prime Minister are as follows:
On Dec 5, Anwar said he is leaving it to the authorities to investigate the alleged misappropriation of RM600 bil in funds by the previous government.
At a media conference after chairing the special Cabinet of the unity government, he said the Finance Ministry had informed that there had been several breaches involving the funds.
“Several decisions (were made) to investigate the expenditure of RM600 bill without tenders (but) it is not for me to decide.
“The Finance Ministry has been informed of several breaches but we leave it to the investigative bodies to probe the extent of the alleged corruption and misappropriation,” he said.
Subsequently, on Dec 9, the MACC said its initial investigation shows the amount the government had spent during the lockdowns in particular, was RM92.5 bil while the rest of the RM530 bil are from private sources. — Dec 11, 2022