KUALA LUMPUR — July 1, 2019: The motion to compel all MPs to declare their assets was unanimously approved by the Dewan Rakyat today, with Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Liew Vui Keong describing it as the first step by the Pakatan Harapan government to ensure the principle of accountability and transparency is practised more comprehensively.
Apart from this, other measures will be taken later in the Dewan Rakyat.
According to Liew, the motion is applicable to all MPs, their spouses and children aged below 21 and related trustees.
During the debate, government MPs generally expressed support, including Cha Kee Chin (Rasah) who said the move would not hinder them from increasing their assets or becoming rich if they are involved in business.
“The important thing is that every asset we acquire is done through legal means and subject to payment of tax, which means the government ultimately gets revenue,” he said.
Opposition MPs including Datuk Seri Azalina Othman Said (BN-Pengerang) and Datuk Tuan Ibrahim Tuan Man (PAS-Kubang Kerian) generally agreed with the motion but expressed reservations over its approach, saying it should be done through the drawing up of specific laws or amending existing laws to ensure its implementation is in accordance with the law. — Bernama