PETALING JAYA: A fellow member of Parliament’s Public Accounts Committee (PAC) has been ticked-off for issuing statement upon statement pertaining to the 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) inquiry based on his own judgements and not on the evidence the committee had thus far.
In a press statement issued today, Liang Teck Meng of Gerakan told this “particular member” to step down from the PAC of his volition instead of engaging in dirty politics.
“I advise this particular member to stop playing disgusting dirty politics like this and to honourably discharge your duty as a parliament member and your duty to the public and focus on fact- and evidence-based investigations and judgement on 1MDB.
Liang, who is MP for Simpang Renggam, did not reveal the name of the member in question except to say this particular lawmaker had made “ill-advised allegations” such as asking to “Expose the crooks behind the multi-billion ringgit scam behind 1MDB which has resulted in tens of billions of ringgit of tax-payers losses.”
He slammed the member for failing to uphold the impartiality and integrity of the PAC and added, “This Yang Berhormat is obviously basing his allegations on his own biased opinion and not on the accounts nor on the interviews of the many witnesses that the PAC have called on so far – and certainly not based on what the auditors have told us.”
Liang said that in so doing, this PAC member was practically begging to be suspended from the PAC but speculated that if at all this came to pass, it would in turn present an opportunity for him to then claim he had been “unfairly blocked” from uncovering the truth and exposing the alleged crooks in 1MDB.
He said that with the kind of statements being issued by this member, there was no need for a proper fact- and evidence-based inquiry as this lawmaker’s personal judgement had already been communicated to the masses.
“No sane person would try to prejudice and dishonour himself and the PAC in such a manner unless this person has a hidden political agenda that is not based on the truth or on factual evidence.”
Liang said the lawmaker had repeatedly broken all the standing orders of the Parliament and the PAC and warned him against continuing to play games.
“You owe it to your voters to uncover the real truth and not create untrue perceptions, YB. Stop playing games,” Liang said.