KUALA LUMPUR, May 28 – House of Representatives Speaker urged to intervene and determine whether Datuk Seri Najib Razak abusing parliamentary meeting rules by not answering important questions about 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB). DAP Parliamentary Leader Lim Kit Siang, criticized the prime minister for avoiding questions Petaling Jaya Utara MP Tony Pua, the strategic investment fund, the debt-ridden country. He said Najib’s actions more harm than any responses made so far.
“Speaker Tan Sri Pandikar Amin Mulia should intervene and decide whether the prime minister of misusing laws to prevent the meeting of the House of Commons to answer questions about the scandal 1MDB RM42 billion,” Lim said in a statement today.
Pua today asked Najib whether management 1MDB only met with PetroSaudi International Limited for the first time on 23 September 2009, five days before the two sides signed an agreement in London, and whether the board of directors approved the agreement when it 1MDB.
However, Najib cited Standing Order 23 (1) to avoid answering the question. That rule states “no question may be asked whether statements in the press or made in person or entity individual financial right or not.” Refuse to answer questions Pua, the prime minister said, the issues raised by the DAP MPs by news reports that its authenticity could not be confirmed.
The report was made whistleblower website Sarawak Report, which said the entire joint venture agreement 1MDB-PetroSaudi started by Taek Jho Low businessman and his team on September 8, 2009, barely a month before the agreement is signed.
Lim today said Pua question is not solely based on news reports, but “special” to either the first meeting 1MDB-PetroSaudi made at the time it was mentioned. “This is a blatant abuse of the parliamentary process that essentially made to ensure government accountability and good governance,” said Lim of the action Najib.