Two DAP Members of Parliament (MPs) who are also members of the Parliamentary Special Select Committee for Agencies under the Prime Minister’s Department have called for the committee to convene a meeting and summon Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) chief commissioner Tan Sri Dato’ Sri Azam Baki to testify.
This is following the corruption allegations against Azam Baki in which he is alleged to have own up to 2 million shares in a publicly listed company and the ‘conspiracy of silence’ in addressing the matter.
Public servants are barred from owning more than RM100,000 value of shares in any company. Furthermore, they are also required to declare all their assets to their heads of departments under the Public Officers (Conduct and Discipline) Regulations 1993.
In a joint statement today, the MP for Kota Kinabalu, Chan Foong Hin and MP for Kota Melaka, Khoo Poay Tiong both urged for Azam Baki to be investigated under the Parliamentary Special Select Committee, asserting,
“The Special Select Committee must give attention to the allegations against Azam. Thus, a special select committee meeting has to be called to summon the MACC chief to give his statement regarding the allegations,”
Both MPs further stressed that they view the allegation against Azam Baki seriously and agree with the statement by DAP veteran Lim Kit Siang yesterday that the Federal Government and MACC are facing an unprecedented level of ‘trust deficit’ due to such allegations. Moreover, it has also besmirch MACC and our country’s reputation in the eyes of the world.
Thus, Khoo and Chan confirmed that they have brought up the suggestion to summon Azam Baki for questioning to all other members of the Parliamentary Special Select Committee for Agencies under the Prime Minister’s Department. These include its chairperson, the MP for Kuala Krai, Abdul Latiff Abdul Rahman.
Both MPs then stressed,
“We hope that this suggestion would be received positively by all seven other members of the PSC, so then we can prepare a report from the investigation together with proposals on how things can be improved, which can be tabled when the Parliament sits between Feb 28 and March 24, 2022.”
Previously, Professor Edmund Terence Gomez shocked the nation after he publicly resigned from the MACC Consultation and Corruption Prevention Panel to protest against the panel’s inaction against Azam Baki’s alleged corruption. – The Rocket.