Meeting with PM to ask for
special four-day meeting of Parliament within the next 30 days to dispose of
all outstanding parliamentary business, including the PAC report on the 2006
Auditor-General’s Report, so that they will not lapse when Parliament is
dissolved in less than 70 days for the 12th general election
by Lim Kit Siang
I am asking for an urgent
meeting with the Prime Minister, Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi to
propose that there should be a special four-day meeting of Parliament
within the next 30 days to dispose of all outstanding parliamentary
business so that they will not lapse when Parliament is dissolved in less
than 70 days for the 12th general election to be held.
One important outstanding parliamentary business is the report of the
Parliamentary Accounts Committee (PAC) into the 2006 Auditor-General’s
Report, which had created a nation-wide furore when it was tabled in
Parliament last September, exposing scandals including:
• payment of RM224 for a RM32
set of screwdrivers;
• paying RM1,146 for a set of pens costing RM160;
• paying RM5,700 for a car jack worth RM50;
• the National Higher Education Fund Corporation (PTPTN) paying RM5.59
million in advance to 4,183 students who did not apply for a loan; and .
• the largest single case of misuse of funds in the Report — the RM6.75
billion scandal of six Offshore Patrol Vessels (OPV) that have either not
been delivered or not operational and the increase of their contract price
twice from RM4.9 billion to RM6.75 billion or 38 percent.
MPs and Malaysians were assured
last September that the PAC members would be going through the
Auditor-General’s strictures of criminal breaches of trust and financial
irregularities in his 2006 Report with a fine tooth comb and would be
demanding full public accountability and responsibility.
If the 11th Parliament is now dissolved without the PAC completing and
submitting its report, it will be a failure of parliamentary scrutiny and
responsibility for the 11th Parliament and a terrible reflection on the
record of the PAC Chairman, Datuk Shahrir Samad.
Parliament is now in adjournment and its next meeting is scheduled to
begin on March 17, which will be officially opened by the Yang di Pertuan
Agong for a 23-day meeting for the Dewan Rakyat till April 23, 2008.
If general election is held within the next 70 days, then the 11th
Parliament will not be meeting again.
This is why the Prime Minister should convene a special four-day meeting
of Parliament within the next 30 days so that the Malaysian Parliament
will not become a laughing-stock of the world with a host of uncompleted
parliamentary business, especially as Malaysia is to play host to
Parliamentarians from Commonwealth countries in the Commonwealth
Parliament Association annual conference to be held in Kuala Lumpur in
September this year.
If Parliament is dissolved without a special meeting, the work of several
Parliamentary Select Committees would also be aborted, wasting months and
even years of public hearings and meetings, resources and money without
The Malaysian Parliament will go into the Guinness Book of Records of
setting up Parliamentary Select Committees which do not submit reports
This will be the case with three Parliamentary Select Committees, on
National Unity and Integration, on Integrity and on a Code of Ethics for
MPs, as all the three Select Committees would not be able to complete
their work and submit their report and recommendations to Parliament if
Parliament is dissolved without any other meeting.
This would mean that the months and years spent by the Parliamentary
Select Committees on National Unity and on Integrity, holding public
hearings in various parts of the country would all go down the drain as
their life-span automatically terminates with the dissolution of
The third Parliamentary Select Committee on Code of Ethics for MPs, which
is headed by Deputy Prime Minister, Datuk Seri Najib Razak, had not really
started its work although the resolution establishing it was passed by the
Dewan Rakyat in May last year and it had its inaugural working meeting in
The Parliamentary Select Committee on Code of Ethics was set up because of
the “One-Eye Closed” scandal of the MP for Jasin, while the recent sex DVD
scandal forcing the resignation of Datuk Seri Dr. Chua Soi Lek as the
Health Minister and Labis Member of Parliament have highlighted the
relevance and importance this Select Committee. Parliament, the Select
Committee on Code of Ethics for MPs and its Chairman, Najib, will all
becoming laughing stocks if noting is produced by the Select Committee
when Parliament is dissolved.
My office has contacted the Prime Minister’s Office to ask for an
appointment for me to propose to the Prime Minister why it is imperative
to have special four-day meeting of Parliament before any dissolution for
the holding of the 12th general election - especially as the Prime
Minister has expressed hopes of having a First-World Parliament.
Opposition Leader, MP for Ipoh Timur & DAP Central Policy and Strategic
Planning Commission Chairman