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KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 18, 2014:

Deputy Finance Minister Datuk Ahmad Maslan will not be referred to Parliament’s Rights and Privileges committee for misleading the Dewan Rakyat following a decision by Speaker Tan Sri Pandikar Amin Mulia.

According to Pandikar, Ahmad had already admitted that he had no intention to mislead the Dewan Rakyat with regard to the support letter involving the 1Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB) as claimed by Pandan Member of Parliament Rafizi Ramli.

“I have decided that the matter should neither be debated nor Deputy Finance Minister Datuk Ahmad Maslan be referred to the Rights and Privileges committee on charges on misleading the Dewan.

“This is my decision and I will continue to defend it. It is usual that my decision will not be accepted by all parties, but I am discharging my responsibilities in the fairest manner possible,” he said in Parliament today.

On Nov 6, Rafizi had brought up a motion to refer Ahmad to the Parliament’s Rights and Privileges committee for misleading Parliament over his statement involving the existence of the 1MDB support letter which was perceived as inconsistent.

However, the Pontian Member of Parliament explained during the sittings today that he did not intend to mislead the Dewan Rakyat with his statement regarding the existence of the latter.

Instead, Ahmad stood by his earlier statement while apologising for missing out on six key words during the Nov 6 debate.

Additionally, Pandikar confirmed that Hansard records might be altered to include the words missed out.

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