KUALA LUMPUR: A Barisan Nasional (BN) lawmaker today called out the hypocrisy displayed by two former ministers for raising issues related to 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) when debating Budget 2017.
In his speech about the recently tabled Budget 2017, Azeez Rahim (Umno-Baling) wondered why former Deputy Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin (PPBM-Pagoh) and former second Finance Minister Ahmad Husni Hanadzlah (Umno-Tambun), were “suddenly” concerned with matters pertaining to the state investment arm.
He also reminded the duo of the oath of secrecy they took when assuming their respective ministerial roles.
“Before this you defended 1MDB, now you are questioning it? You should be the one answering.
“You should know the conventions. As a minister you are bound by the oath taken as ministers.
“Here (in the Dewan Rakyat) you may have immunity, but you may have breached the Official Secrets Act and the Sedition Act.”
Muhyiddin lost his DPM post in a Cabinet reshuffle last year. This was said to be the result of him speaking out against the party on the 1MDB issue.
In July this year, he was sacked as Umno deputy president.
Ahmad Husni, meanwhile, was dropped from Prime Minister Najib Razak’s administration earlier this year.
Ahmad, who claimed he became ill from dealing with controversies surrounding 1MDB, shocked many when he posed a long list of critical questions regarding the embattled state sovereign firm in his Budget 2017 speech on Monday.
Azeez also pointed out that both Muhyiddin and Husni – who were absent today – grew up with Umno, but were now attacking the party.
“You are the opposition’s stooges. I pray you don’t become hypocrites,” he told the Dewan.
He also said it was ironic that Muhyiddin, who was formerly labelled an “ultra Malay” by the opposition, was now working alongside them.
“Before this you were sworn enemies, an ultra Malay. Now you tag along with Gelang Patah,” he said alluding to DAP supremo Lim Kit Siang.