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MPs query PAC delay to probe cases

 | June 14, 2012

Petaling Jaya MP Tony Pua saya the Public Accounts Committee's failure to call for meetings means there could be hidden hands preventing the committee.

KUALA LUMPUR: Pakatan Rakyat MPs called upon the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) chairman Azmi Khalid to call for meetings soon in order to probe several high profile cases.

Speaking at the press conference today, Petaling Jaya Utara MP Tony Pua said that PAC had not called for meeting since mid-March despite Azmi’s earlier promise to probe several high profile cases.

“Is it a bid to cover up the financial scandals as the general election may be called anytime? This shows that there is a hidden hand trying to cover up the investgations,” claimed Pua.

Also present were Tumpat MP Kamaruddin Jaafar, Kepong MP Tan Seng Giow, Teluk Kemang MP Kamarul Bahrin Abas and Selayang MP William Leong.

Besides the NFCorp scandal, PAC was poised to investigate three other issues: former MAS managing director Tajuddin Ramli’s RM589 million debt write-off; 1Malaysia Development Board’s investment in PetroSaudi; and the KLIA 2 cost increase from RM1.7 billion to RM3.9 billion.

Kamaruddin said that he met Azmi on Monday to enquire of the meetings but received a non-committal answer.

“The PAC committee lasts for an entire Parliamentary term and it can be called anytime,” said Kamaruddin.

Tan, who is also PAC deputy chairman, said that this was the reason the opposition bloc had always asked the government to appoint a Pakatan MP as the committee chairman to ensure transparency.

“We will be sending an official letter to Azmi soon,” he said.

When met later, Azmi denied allegations that the there were hidden hands trying to halt PAC’s probe on the high profile cases.

“No orders to stop PAC meetings,” said the Padang Besar MP.

On why he did not call for meetings, Azmi said that he did call for a meeting in April but had to call it off claiming many of its members did not turn up.

He also said that he will call for a meeting next week but said he would only decide on the date after consulting the parliamentary secretary.


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