Parlimentary committee has decided on Anwar's case


PETALING JAYA: The Parliamentary Rights and Privileges Committee has made a decision on the case where Opposition Leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim is accused of linking the 1Malaysia concept with Israel’s One Israel.

Committee chairman Tan Sri Pandikar Amin Mulia, who is also Dewan Rakyat Speaker, confirmed that a decision was reached in a meeting at Parliament House on Friday.

He, however, said the decision could not be revealed and that it could not be made public until it is tabled in Dewan Rakyat.

The committee would also meet next Wednesday to finalise the details of the report to be tabled, he added.

Earlier, in a press conference at PKR headquarters Friday, Karpal Singh (DAP - Bukit Gelugur) and R. Sivarasa (PKR - Subang) announced that they withdrew as members of the committee during the morning meeting after a motion by Datuk Razali Ibrahim (BN - Muar) to proceed with the hearing without witnesses was passed.

The motion was supported by Datuk Seri Dr Fong Chan Onn (BN - Alor Gajah), Nancy Shukri (BN - Batang Sadong) and Deputy Speaker Datuk Ronald Kiandee.

Karpal Singh said both Sivarasa and he were surprised to see a letter by Apco dated Aug 19 and that the motion was passed without hearing from witnesses, including Anwar.

“We can’t associate with them any more. This has deprived Anwar of putting his side of the story,’’ said Karpal.

Sivarasa had described the twist of the event as outrageous, adding that Anwar was also not informed of the Friday meeting.

He added that Pandikar had earlier gave assurance that the committee would conduct inquiry by calling witnesses.

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