Friday, August 9, 2013

Karpal: I’ll declare assets when CM asks for it

DAP national chairman Karpal Singh has no problem declaring his assets and will do so when Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng calls for all local MPs to declare their assets.

“I have always advocated that all elected representatives publicly declare their assets. I welcome and fully support the Chief Minister’s recommendation that MPs in Penang declare their assets, and I will do so in due time,” he said yesterday.

However, the Bukit Gelugor MP said he would not respond to every single call from other parties and individuals such as Penang Bar Committee criminal law chairman Ranjit Singh Dhillon over the issue.

“I do not have the time to respond to this kind of people,” he said.

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Ranjit Singh had called on Karpal to declare his assets to prove his innocence over allegations that Opposition leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim had paid him RM50mil to bribe judges and prosecutors.

Last Friday, Barisan Nasional candidate for the recent general elections Dr Mazlan Ismail was reported to have said that he had received more than 6,000 letters containing the allegations.

Karpal and Anwar had lodged a report against the allegations at the Tropicana police station in Petaling Jaya on Sunday.

Ranjit said the two chose to lodge a report to maintain their squeaky clean image, adding that if Lim had declared his assets as the party’s secretary-general, there was no reason why Karpal should not follow suit.

On Tuesday, all Penang Pakatan Rakyat assemblymen, including Karpal’s son Jagdeep Singh Deo, who is Datuk Keramat assemblyman and the State Housing, Town and Country Planning Committee chairman, declared their assets.

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