1MDB critics 'very quiet' over new Selangor investment arm

KUALA LUMPUR - Critics of 1Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB) should adopt the same principle of transparency and accountability when it comes to Darul Ehsan Investment Group (DEIG).

The Auditor-General had been tasked to come up with a complete report on 1MDB and submit it to the Public Accounts Committee, said Minister in the Prime Minister's Department Datuk Dr Wee Ka Siong.

However, those who used to be very vocal about 1MDB had suddenly become "very quiet", when it comes to DEIG, he said.

"In the name of transparency and accountability, suddenly you have a RM2 company taking over RM30bil worth of assets, which were under the Mentri Besar Incorporated.

"When you pinpoint one person, always remember you must look at yourself first before complaining.

"This universal principle should apply to all," said Dr Wee at a press conference after officiating the Malaysia Xiang Lian Youth Asso­ciation annual assembly yesterday.

DEIG was recently set up as the Selangor government's investment arm. Under it, all 74 of the state government-linked companies would be restructured and consolidated.

On Bersih 4, Dr Wee questioned the need to have a rally on Aug 29 and 30 at Dataran Merdeka.

Asked if he discouraged people to join the rally, Dr Wee said: "No, actually you can have it anytime after National Day. This is my personal opinion.

"When people offer you a stadium, you don't want. You purposely want Dataran Merdeka."

Referring to Singapore, which recently celebrated its 50th anniversary, Dr Wee said the country showed its unity to the world. "They only had one theme," he said.

Schools in Penang are banned from joining state-level Merdeka celebrations due to a different theme chosen by the state government.

The state had chosen "Bersih, Cekap dan Amanah" (Clean, Efficient and Trustworthy) as its theme this year.

On placements to public institutions of higher learning, Dr Wee, also the MCA deputy president, said the party had received many appeals from students.

He said MCA screened some of the 182 appeals and would be meeting Higher Education Minister Datuk Seri Idris Jusoh soon.