Many opposition MPs still haven’t declared assets, says deputy speaker

Rashid Hasnon, deputy speaker of the Dewan Rakyat.

MACHANG: Many opposition MPs, especially those with Barisan Nasional, have yet to declare their assets despite the easy process involved, said deputy Dewan Rakyat speaker Mohd Rashid Hasnon.

He said government MPs had complied from the time when they were still in the opposition.

Rashid said a declaration of assets was important to avoid conflict of interest and false accusations from taking place and it also boosted the people’s trust in politicians.

‘’The process is so simple. In Parliament itself, there are representatives who can confirm the assets held by an MP. If someone has bought a house or land after having made his declaration of assets, he can just include it in the first declaration.

“In Penang, we have appointed two firms to audit any declaration of assets made,’’  he told reporters after a forum on parliamentary reforms at Universiti Teknologi Mara (UiTM) Machang here today.

Rashid said some of the hottest issues on the declaration of assets were linked to the 1MDB scandal, involving former prime minister Najib Razak.

‘’Declaration of assets can bar any individual or institution from corrupt practices and, at the same time, we must eradicate them through the drafting of acts.

‘’I implemented improvements (declaration of assets) when I was Penang’s second deputy chief minister and the same thing is being done in Parliament,’’ he said.

Nevertheless, he said it was not easy to ask any MP to do so although the government had the authority.