Speaker urged to allow debate on 1MDB motion

gobind-pandikarPETALING JAYA: The Dewan Rakyat speaker, Pandikar Amin Mulia, has been urged to allow an opposition motion to determine whether his decision to reject more than 30 questions relating to 1MDB is right or wrong.

DAP Puchong MP Gobind Singh Deo said his motion set out clearly why the speaker’s decision could not be sustained.

“The speaker should now put my motion to debate in the house and I will convince him that he has erred,” he said in a statement today.

The motion was filed by Gobind on Wednesday afternoon.

Pandikar told a media conference yesterday that he rejected the opposition’s questions on 1MDB because discussions on the issue were subjudice since it related to civil suits filed by the United States Department of Justice (DoJ).

Gobind said his first question asked for an update on the status of investigations into 1MDB which could not be termed as “premature” (perkara yang belum menjadi masalah).

“That is preposterous.

“I have produced an article by MalayMailOnline dated 12.4.2017 in which the IGP (Inspector-General of Police) says the papers in the 1MDB probe have been sent to the attorney-general. So there is an investigation.

“The second question relates to what Malaysia proposes to do about the DoJ probe. This is not subjudice. It is a very simple question. It is a claim which involves billions of ringgit.

“Surely Malaysia needs to do something. We want to know what the attorney-general is doing and if he is doing nothing, why?

“The third question relates to mutual assistance and whether any foreign government has sought help from Malaysia in the 1MDB probes in their countries.

“This question follows the attorney-general’s complaint that DoJ had not contacted his chambers over the suit. I have produced an article published in the NST (New Straits Times) on 16.6.2017 which makes my point. So how can that also be ‘perkara yang belum menjadi masalah’?”

Gobind said these questions did not offend the rule against subjudice.

“The questions posed are not accusations, assumptions, offensive, or made up. They do not offend the Standing Orders (of the Dewan Rakyat) at all.”

They also did not go into the merits of the DoJ suit at all.

“So reliance on the rule of subjudice doesn’t arise, whether or not the case is here or in a foreign country,” he said.

He said the motion would trigger an open debate in the Dewan Rakyat so that Malaysians could decide for themselves whether or not the questions on 1MDB should be allowed.

Gobind said that as Pandikar agreed that Parliament was the best place to discuss the 1MDB issue, he should then allow the motion and push for its debate in the Dewan.