We (Guan Eng) want to release Auditor General’s Report first; “justice delayed is justice denied”

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PETALING JAYA :The Penang government wants to release the Auditor-General’s (AG) Report on the state before the tabling of the 2013 Budget on Friday, and is seeking permission to do so.

Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng said he will ask for permission from Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Seri Nazri Aziz for Penang to make public the AG’s Report on the state first instead of having to wait two weeks after the budget is tabled.

“We have received a copy of the report but we cannot release it out of respect for the Parliament’s conventional practice,” he told reporters at a book launch, here yesterday.

Nazri had reportedly said the audit report will not be tabled simultaneously with the budget as it may steal the limelight from the government’s expenditure plan.

However, Lim said Nazri’s reason not to release the audit report sooner is not reasonable.

“There’s no reason why the audit report will outshine the budget. People will still be more interested in the budget,” he said.

“Like the saying ‘justice delayed is justice denied’, accountability delayed is also accountability denied.”

On another matter, Lim said the Barisan Nasional (BN) should explain the decision to allow the Israeli cricket team to come to Kuala Lumpur back in 1997.

He said allowing the Israeli cricket team to play on Malaysian soil showed the BN supported Zionism.

“Why is BN not apologising for that decision? I think that is more serious than our NGOs receiving aid from foreign countries,” he said, referring to recent allegations that several local NGOs received funding from foreign countries with the agenda of undermining the government’s image. – Sun