Saturday, June 29, 2013

Question on Taib's 'naughty' MACC rejected

The parliamentary secretary today rejected a question by DAP’s Segambut MP Lim Lip Eng on the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission’s (MACC) action against Sarawak Chief Minister Abdul Taib Mahmud. Lim told reporters at a press conference outside the Dewan Rakyat today that his question was rejected by Dewan Rakyat secretary Rosmee Hamzah on the basis that it was a "hypothetical" question.
Lim wanted to ask whether the government would take any action against Taib for calling MACC "naughty" earlier this year, and who had also expressed his refusal to cooperate with MACC in the wake of a controversial video by international corruption watchdog Global Witness. Rosmee in the rejection letter, says a question cannot be asked "with purpose of obtaining just an opinion".
Taib had in April, while attending the BN supreme council meeting in Kuala Lumpur, said he would not cooperate with the "naughty and dishonest" MACC.
He said so when asked about MACC's probe into the Global Witness video that exposed alleged corruption in the Sarawak timber industry, with the individuals implicated in the video claiming to be related to Taib. Taib had previously dismissed the allegations as "normal business conversations".
"Probably, after this whenever MACC wants to investigate Malaysians, they can just call MACC ‘naughty’ and no action will be taken against them," Lim mocked. "This is a very bad example. If MACC does not want to take action against Taib, it can just say so. Don't reject the question," he added.
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