KUALA LUMPUR: Deputy communications and digital minister Teo Nie Ching has clarified that it was the Perikatan Nasional government, led by Muhyiddin Yassin, that decided to place the community communications department (J-Kom) under the Prime Minister’s Department (PMD).
“I want to emphasise here that during a Cabinet meeting on May 19, 2021, when Pagoh (Muhyiddin) was the prime minister, a decision was made to move J-Kom to PMD,” she said during her winding-up speech on the 2024 supply bill in the Dewan Rakyat.
“The (communications and multimedia) minister at that time was Indera Mahkota (Saifuddin Abdullah).”
As such, Teo said if there were questions about why the department was moved, they should be directed to Saifuddin or Muhyiddin.
Earlier during the committee-level debate for the ministry, Wan Saiful Wan Jan (PN-Tasek Gelugor) had questioned why the department was parked under PMD.
Wan Saiful also proposed that J-Kom should fall under the purview of the communications and digital ministry, citing the department’s alleged shortcomings following a recent scandal dubbed “A&W”.
The “A&W” scandal involved former J-Kom director-general Agus Yusoff, who was recorded having a purportedly lewd conversation with department official Abdul Wahab Abdul Kadir Jailani in a video which recently went viral.
The three-minute clip was posted on TikTok by blogger Chegubard, the pen name of Badrul Hisham Shaharin, a member of Bersatu’s information committee, Utusan Malaysia reported. The report said Badrul had asked whether the man in the video was the J-Kom chief.
Agus later claimed that the video had been doctored, with the matter currently under police investigation.