Said Ariff: “I came to the conclusion that there was no element of provocation by the Honourable Member from Bagan who is also finance minister… and therefore it did not involve Standing Order 36 (12).
“I have referred to various paragraphs and all relevant sections in the whole report although what was directed to me comprised only a one-sentence paragraph.”
The motion follows the Public Accounts Committee’s findings tabled in the Dewan Rakyat on Monday which stated that the GST refund credit of RM19.4 billion which should have been channelled into the GST Refund Consolidated Fund had instead been used for operating and development expenditures.
There was mayhem when opposition MPs objected to Ariff’s ruling and explanation, with Ismail Sabri asking that the issue be debated but Ariff instead asked the Bera MP to table a new motion to discuss the PAC report in its entiretye.
The arguments and protestations dragged on for almost an hour and in a bid to restore order, Ariff declared his decision as final, which led to the walkout.