KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 19, 2015:
Two Public Accounts Committee (PAC) members have been criticised for issuing what have been described as misleading statements on the PAC session with a 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) official yesterday.
PAC member Datuk Liang Teck Meng said despite agreeing that the PAC chairman would be the only authorised person to issue statements on PAC sessions, the two – whom he did not name – ignored this understanding that was collectively agreed upon.
“For reasons that I cannot explain, two of my fellow PAC members saw fit to make statements after the PAC session yesterday, that were misleading and designed to prejudice the public on PAC proceedings.
“It seems that these people are more interested to politicise the proceedings rather than finding out the actual truth of the subject of our inquiry,” said the Simpang Renggam Member of Parliament in a statement today.
As a member of the PAC committee, Liang said he was disappointed and upset with their behaviour.
For example, he said, it was not true that 1MDB president Arul Kanda Kandasamy, who attended yesterday’s session was unable to answer questions put to him.
“Throughout the three-hour session yesterday and the previous five-hour session with Arul Kanda, there was only one question that he chose not to fully answer because that was related to an allegation in the media…on matters related to an external party.”
Liang noted that the selective and partial release of information by those involved did not give a true and fair picture of what transpired in the proceeding yesterday.
“In my opinion, such selective release of information seems designed to politicise the proceedings, and again mislead the public and prejudice our proceedings,” he said.
Liang said that if the blatant disregard for PAC rules and continued deliberate prejudicing of PAC proceedings should occur again, appropriate action should be taken against the offending individuals.
Errant parties could even be referred to the Parliament’s Rights and Privileges Committee, he added.