MELAKA: An MP has clarified that his peers in Pakatan Harapan have until Oct 15 to submit their asset declaration forms.
Kota Melaka MP Khoo Poay Tiong said the dateline is based on a letter sent to them by the National Centre for Governance, Integrity and Anti-Corruption (GIACC) and signed by its chairman Tan Sri Abu Kassim Mohamed.
He said the letter clearly stated that MPs have to submit their asset declaration forms within three months from the date of their swearing-in which was on July 16 this year.
“As such, the three-month period will end on Oct 15,” he said after declaring his assets at the DAP Service Centre in Ayer Keroh.
He said the statement by the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) chief commissioner Datuk Seri Mohd Shukri Abdull that the display of a list of the declaration of assets by Cabinet ministers and MPs on the MACC portal has been postponed from Oct 1 to Oct 15 should not have arisen.
Khoo said all the PH MPs were committed to the asset declaration and expected to fill up the forms within the stipulated deadline.
The Melaka DAP secretary, however, pointed out that the declaration of assets as of now did not involve the opposition MPs.
“I would like to suggest that all the Opposition MPs also declare their assets, just like us,” he said.
He said the declaration was important to inform the voters about the assets owned by their elected representatives and spouses, and should not only be meant for the MACC or the Prime Minister.
Meanwhile, Khoo has declared that he earns RM25,700 per month as a full-time MP while his wife Lee Wei Cheng earns a monthly net income of RM2,254 as an insurance agent.
He also declared a two-and-a-half storey terrace house and a bungalow unit worth a collective RM900,000 here and in Alor Gajah.
Khoo revealed that his monthly expenses included loan instalments for the houses, which were jointly purchased with his wife (RM2,566) and his Subaru Forester vehicle (RM1,380).
“I own 2,032 units of shares worth RM11,171.80 and an investment in unit trust totalling RM61,987,” he added.