KUALA LUMPUR: An opposition MP has submitted an emergency motion to the Dewan Rakyat speaker over Deputy Prime Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi’s revelation of Dr Mahathir Mohamad’s personal data in public.
Teo Nie Ching (DAP-Kulai) said she wanted Zahid, who is also home minister, to explain his reasons for leaking Mahathir’s personal data.
Her motion was submitted under Standing Order 18 (1) and (2).
“It is to ask the home minister to explain his action for exposing personal details of Mahathir,” she said, referring to the speech Zahid gave at the Kelana Jaya Umno division annual general assembly yesterday, in which he said Mahathir’s name in his old IC was “Mahathir anak lelaki (son of) Iskandar Kutty”.
The details, Zahid said, was provided to him by national registration department (NRD) director-general Yazid Ramli.
“An individual’s identification card and other details in it, are personal.
“The home minister’s action to share information about Mahathir to those who attended the Kelana Jaya Umno division meeting shows he has leaked personal information of a Malaysian,” Teo alleged.
She added such action went against the Data Protection Act as such information should not be revealed in public.
“Such an action is unethical and a minister should not be doing this, as it shows he does not respect the law,” Teo said, adding that the news had affected the people’s confidence in the government.
Apart from asking for the DPM to apologise to the Pakatan Harapan chairman, Teo also called for Zahid to be suspended as home minister so that the police could carry out their probe independently.