Enough quorum to meet even with 3 MPs leaving, says PAC deputy head

Public Accounts Committee deputy chairman Wong Kah Woh.

KUALA LUMPUR: Public Accounts Committee (PAC) deputy chairman Wong Kah Woh today said they will still be able to carry on with meetings because there is enough quorum even with the remaining nine members.

This follows the reported resignation of three opposition MPs from PAC on Monday. They were Noraini Ahmad (BN-Parit Sulong), Ahmad Hamzah (BN-Jasin) and Takiyuddin Hassan (PAS-Kota Bahru).

Wong said he had not received the official resignations from the MPs.

“In the coming two weeks, our schedule has been filled with different cases.

“I have discussed the matter with PAC chairman Ronald Kiandee and we will continue with whatever incomplete investigations,” he said.

Wong hoped PAC would be able to continue playing its role of providing checks and balances for decisions made by the federal government.

The three opposition MPs said they were tendering their resignations immediately because they were disappointed that the Pakatan Harapan government had failed to fulfil its election manifesto to appoint an opposition MP as the PAC chairman.

Kiandee was earlier appointed PAC chairman because he was an opposition MP. He crossed over from Umno to PPBM on March 15.

Last Friday, Permatang Pauh MP Nurul Izzah Anwar also resigned as a PAC member.

Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad said Kiandee would remain as PAC chairman until a replacement is found.