Motion in Parliament to make all MPs, families declare assets

Dr Mahathir Mohamad says currently only Pakatan Harapan MPs are required to declare their assets and income to the MACC.

KUALA LUMPUR: Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad today confirmed that the government will be tabling a motion in the Dewan Rakyat to make it compulsory for all MPs, including those in the opposition, and their families to declare their incomes and assets to the MACC.

Mahathir said asset declaration to the anti-graft body was the right thing to do.

“This is because the opposition also has influence. Therefore, we should not use our influence to get kickbacks.

“We will be tabling the motion in the upcoming Dewan Rakyat session.

“Whether or not it is passed, that is another question,” he told reporters after launching the Marvel Studios: Ten Years of Heroes exhibition at the Pavilion shopping mall today.

Malaysiakini had quoted a source as saying that the motion would be tabled by a minister in the Prime Minister’s Department next week. The next Dewan Rakyat session would be from July 1-18.

Currently, only Pakatan Harapan MPs are required to declare their assets and income to the MACC as part of a policy. The declarations can be publicly viewed on the MACC website.

On May 14, a special Cabinet Committee on Anti-Corruption chaired by Mahathir stated that in line with the National Anti-Corruption Plan 2019-2023, all MPs should also declare their assets to match their commitments to combat corruption.

Among other major bills expected to be tabled in the coming Dewan Rakyat session include the Amendment to Article 119 of the Federal Constitution, that is to amend the eligibility age for voting to 18, bills on the Independent Police Complaints and Misconduct Commission (IPCMC), and the abolition of the mandatory death penalty.