Cabinet to discuss MPs grouses over release of Approved Permits list

  • Nation
  • Saturday, 24 Sep 2005

KUALA LUMPUR: The dissatisfaction of most MPs with the International Trade and Industry Ministry for making public the list of current and former MPs and Senators who were given Approved Permits (APs) over the last few years to purchase foreign vehicles will be discussed by the Cabinet. 

Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak said he was briefed on the reaction of MPs in Parliament on Thursday about the ministry's reply on the matter. 

MPs from the Government and opposition were also unhappy over the failure of International Trade and Industry Minister Datuk Seri Rafidah Aziz to personally reply queries related to APs.  

“It will be discussed by the Cabinet,” Najib said after opening the Second Union Network International Asia and Pacific regional youth conference. 

Opposition Leader Lim Kit Siang had tabled a motion to refer Rafidah to the Privileges Committee over her absence in Parliament to reply on the AP issue but Speaker Tan Sri Ramli Ngah Talib rejected it. 

Some MPs felt that Miti's decision to make public 337 current and former MPs and Senators who received APs was an attempt to shut them up.  

Lim said Ramli had used a very technical ground in going against established Common-wealth parliamentary conventions and practices to disallow his privilege motion under Standing Order 26(1)(p). 

“If Rafidah does not come to Parliament on Monday to submit herself to parliamentary scrutiny on the APs scandal, then she may not need to come to Parliament anymore as she would no longer be welcomed by MPs, whether from Barisan Nasional or the Opposition,” he added.  

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