Sit out 1MDB-related investigations, Kit Siang tells PAC chief

DAP veteran Lim Kit Siang with Anwar Ibrahim in Port Dickson today. (Bernama pic)

PORT DICKSON: DAP adviser Lim Kit Siang today urged Public Accounts Committee (PAC) chairman Ronald Kiandee to recuse himself from all 1MDB-related investigations conducted by the committee.

Lim, who is Iskandar Puteri MP, said Kiandee’s involvement in 1MDB investigations would be a conflict of interest as he had previously presented the matter for discussion in Parliament during his time as Dewan Rakyat deputy speaker.

“Kiandee must recuse himself from all investigations on 1MDB because when he was the deputy speaker, he always rejected the matter being debated in Parliament.

“I am not asking him to step down as PAC chairman. Just sit out all 1MDB-related investigations,” he said at a coffee shop session with residents in Lukut, one of the five state constituencies in Port Dickson.

In a blog post yesterday, Lim had questioned whether PAC under Kiandee would be able to come up with an authoritative, comprehensive and up-to-date report on 1MDB-related matters.

He also asked if Kiandee would be able to move past the “13th Parliament mindset” of suppressing questions, debate and discussions on 1MDB.

Meanwhile, when asked about the use of the Sedition Act 1948 in the arrest of Azman Noor Adam, the brother of Umno leader Lokman Noor Adam, Lim said the act should be reviewed but could not be done immediately.

Lim is in Port Dickson to campaign for PKR president-elect Anwar Ibrahim ahead of the by-election on Oct 13.

The by-election was triggered by the resignation of Danyal Balagopal Abdullah, who stepped down to pave the way for Anwar’s attempt to return to Parliament.

Lim received a warm welcome although residents appeared indifferent to the mention of Anwar himself.

When approached, Sungai Pelek assemblyman Ronnie Liu attributed this to Anwar’s absence from the political scene.

“I think the public will remember him better once he wins this by-election,” he said.

Anwar appeared together with Lim at the Dataran Segar Kopitiam where he promised to improve internet speed in the area with the help of his “friend”, Communications and Multimedia Minister Gobind Singh Deo.

Anwar, who was speaking to residents at a Chinese coffee shop for the first time, also told them that he and Lim would improve matters in Parliament together.

“Lim is the best person for you to consult about matter relating to Parliament,” he said. “He has a lot of experience.

“I want to thank him for his support in this campaign as he has been fighting alongside us, even though he has no position in the Cabinet and only serves as a party adviser.”