"[What they did] is dangerous as it will cast doubts on the integrity of the PAC commitee and our current and future investigations whether on 1MDB or on other inquiries." - YB Liang Teck Meng
Thank you, YB Liang Teck Meng for having the guts to tell off his own colleagues in the PAC. It can't be easy, I'm sure, but what they did deserve a telling off. And members of the public deserve to know the truth.
Press Statement by Liang Teck Meng, member of the Parliament Public Accounts Committee (PAC).
Despite agreeing that the PAC Chairman will be the only authorised person to issue statements about PAC sessions, I note with increasing concern that two of my fellow PAC members have ignored this understanding that we collectively agreed on.
For reasons that I cannot explain, two of my fellow PAC members saw fit to make statements after the PAC session yesterday that were misleading and designed to prejudice the public on PAC proceedings.
It seems these people are more interested to politicize the proceedings rather than in finding out the actual truth of the subject of our inquiry.
As a member of the PAC committee, I am truly disappointed and upset with their behavior. It is full of lies and misleading.
I am confident that the full transcript of this session in the Hansard will confirm what I have said.
For example, it is not true that 1MDB President Mr. Arul Kanda was unable to answer questions which put to him.
Throughout the 3 hour session yesterday and the previous 5 hour session with Mr Arul Kanda, there was only one question that he chose not to fully answer because that was related to an allegation in the media a day before on matters that relates to an external party.
In my opinion, Mr Arul Kanda is not in a position to comment on that particular question as it relates to a third party and it was from a speculative unproven media article instead of the Auditor General report on 1MDB.
This selective and partial release of information by these parties does not give a true and fair picture of what transpired in the proceedings yesterday. In my opinion, such selective release of information seems designed to politicize the proceedings again, and again mislead the public and prejudice our proceedings.
And unfortunately it seems that certain media organizations - especially certain online English and Chinese media have bought into this hook, line and sinker.
This is dangerous as it will cast doubts on the integrity of the PAC commitee and our current and future investigations whether on 1MDB or on other inquiries.
If this blatant disregard for the PAC rules and continued deliberate prejudicing of the PAC proceedings should occur again, I strongly urge the speaker of the house to take appropriate action on them and even we shoud consider to refer them to the Parliament's Rights and Privileges Committee.
Liang Teck Meng,
MP for Simpang Renggam,
Member of the Parliament's Public Accounts Committee