Malaysia: PAC members free to raise issues in Parliament

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KUALA LUMPUR: Members of the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) can raise issues at its next meeting or in the coming Parliament meeting.

PAC chairman Datuk Hasan Arifin (pic) said the committee was set up by Parliament, so PAC members dissatisfied with any issues could refer the matter to the Dewan Rakyat Speaker.

"As the PAC chairman appointed by the Dewan Rakyat, I am responsible to this committee, the Parliament and the people.

"It also includes the responsibility to ensure the integrity of the PAC is upheld, and that it is not affected by political interests and remains credible and impartial," he said in a statement here Thursday.

Hasan also said that any last-minute information received that was considered secret and confidential, including information with intelligence status and not for public reporting, should not be included in the PAC report.

He added that if such information was part of the PAC report, it would affect PAC's integrity and credibility as a Parliament committee.

"I am fully responsible for any decisions made, as entrusted upon me by Parliament," he added.

He was referring to a statement by DAP Member of Parliament Tony Pua on Wednesday claiming that two sentences in the final 1MDB report were deleted, one on the discussion between National Audit Department officers and members of the PAC, and another discussions between PAC members and Government officers who wwere involved in the preparation of the 1MDB report.