KUALA LUMPUR — March 25, 2019: Three Opposition MPs have resigned from the Public Accounts Committee with immediate effect following the government’s decision to retain Datuk Seri Ronald Kiandee as chairman despite Kiandee hopping from the Opposition to become a member of the Pakatan Harapan ruling coalition partner, Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia.
The three are Datuk Noraini Ahmad (BN-Parit Sulong), Datuk Seri Ahmad Hamzah (BN-Jasin) and Datuk Takiyuddin Hassan (PAS-Kota Bharu).
Barisan Nasional had in fact proposed Noraini as the chairman to Dewan Rakyat speaker Datuk Mohamad Ariff Md. Yusof on March 1, said Opposition leader Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob at the Parliament lobby today.
The Pakatan general election manifesto pledges to appoint an Opposition member as PAC chairman, which was how Kiandee got there, but following his decision to join the government his position is deemed to be no longer tenable.
Deputy Dewan Rakyat speaker Nga Kor Ming said the appointment of a new chairman would be considered after the cases handled by Kiandee were completed but Ismail Sabri disagreed.
In Alor Setar, Prime Minister Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad today considered the resignation of the three as “their own business”.
“It’s alright. If they want to resign, they can do so. It’s their own business,” was his reaction. — Bernama