Malaysia: Opposition Agencies PSC members baulk at postponement

  • All four opposition MPs on the Parliamentary Select Committee overseeing Agencies in the Prime Minister’s Department disagree with committee chairperson Abdul Latiff Abdul Rahman’s decision to postpone the 19 Jan 22 hearing.
  • In a joint statement, the four MPs said they could not agree with MACC chairperson Azam Baki’s written objections to the hearing, where the latter was scheduled to testify on Wednesday, which preceded the postponement.
  • The four MPs are Azis Jamman (Warisan-Sepanggar), Chan Foong Hin (Harapan-Kota Kinabalu), Khoo Poay Tiong (Harapan-Kota Melaka) and William Leong (Harapan-Selayang). They believe that Azam should present himself to the Agencies Committee to raise his grievances instead of “belittling” his subpoena.
  • “Matters such as the terms of reference and list of witnesses can be discussed (during the hearing) and decided upon,” said the four MPs.
  • The power to subpoena witnesses said the four MPs, was granted under the Houses of Parliament (Privileges and Powers) Act 1952 and therefore Azam ought to respect the order.
  • The four MPs also urged the Agencies Committee chairperson to immediately set a new date for the hearing.

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