AYER KEROH: A parliamentarian 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 deadline was 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 the MPs had to submit their asset declaration forms within three months from the date they were sworn in, which was on July 16.
“So, the three-month period given to us will lapse on Oct 15,” he told reporters after declaring his assets at the DAP Service Centre here.
He said the statement by Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) chief commissioner Datuk Seri Mohd Shukri Abdull that the display of a list of declaration of assets by Cabinet ministers and MPs on the MACC portal was postponed from Oct 1 to 15 should not have arisen.
Khoo said all the Pakatan Harapan MPs were committed to the asset declaration and would file the form within the stipulated time. The Melaka DAP secretary, however, said the declaration of assets for now did not involve opposition MPs.
“I would like to suggest for all opposition MPs to also declare their assets,” he said.
He said the declaration was important to inform voters about assets owned by their elected representatives and spouses and that it was not only meant for the MACC or Prime Minister (Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad).
Khoo declared that he earned RM25,700 per month as a full-time MP while his wife Lee Wei Cheng earned a monthly net income of RM2,254 as an insurance agent.
He also declared a two-and-half storey terrace house and a bungalow unit in Melaka town and Alor Gajah worth RM900,000.
Khoo revealed that his monthly expenditure include loan instalments for the houses (RM2,566.54), which were jointly purchased with his wife and his Subaru Forester vehicle (RM1,380).
“I own 2,032 unit of shares worth RM11,171.80 and an investment in unit trust totalling RM61,987,” he added.