Media statement by Teresa Kok Suh Sim in Shah Alam on Monday, 6th December 2010:
Khir Toyo should make public his income tax returns for past ten years
I welcome today's news that ex-Selangor Menteri Besar Dr Mohd Khir Toyo has been charged under Section 165 of the Criminal Procedure Code for knowingly accepting a bribe, in form of two plots of land in Section 7, Shah Alam, for his mansion at a substantial discount from Ditamas Sdn Bhd director Shamsuddin Haryoni.
Khir Toyo is charged with accepting two land lots for RM3.5mil when the said lots were bought by Shamsuddin for almost twice the price at RM6.5mil.
Khir Toyo may have pleaded not guilty to this charge but nothing short of public disclosure of his income tax declaration could ever convince the public that this former-dentist-turned-Menteri-Besar could ever afford his lavish lifestyle, mansion, cars and other assets on his legitimate salary.
Therefore, I urge Khir Toyo to clear his name once and for all by making public his income tax returns past 10 years if he has the guts to do so.
While AG's prosecution of Khir Toyo is commendable, it is curious that AG together with MACC has either refused or been unable to prosecute so many "big fish" who have got away scot-free despite there being obscene display of wealth beyond legitimate income as well as other evidence of graft.
I therefore urge the Attorney General and MACC to immediately investigate and prosecute:
If AG and MACC fail to act, their inaction will only vindicate public speculation that Khir Toyo's prosecution is nothing more than a stunt by Barisan Nasional to build some temporary goodwill, just enough goodwill to give Barisan Nasional a boost in the lead-up to early elections next year, before once again disappointing the public with their complete and utter absence of competency, accountability and transparency.
* Teresa Kok Suh Sim, Selangor State Senior EXCO for Investment, Industry & Trade & MP for Seputeh