Decision on Anwar’s Apco remark not made public yet

PETALING JAYA: The case of Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim, who alleged that the 1Malaysia concept was linked to One Israel via Apco Worldwide, has been decided – but it will not be revealed just yet.

The decision of the Parliamentary Rights and Privileges Committee, which met at the Parliament House yesterday, concerning the Opposition leader, would not be made public until the case was tabled at the Dewan Rakyat, committee chairman Tan Sri Pandikar Amin Mulia, who is also Dewan Speaker, said.

It has been widely speculated that Anwar would be suspended from Parliament over his accusations made during the parliamentary debate in March.

The committee will meet on Wednesday to finalise details of the report to be tabled in the Dewan.

Earlier, during a press conference held at PKR headquarters yesterday, Karpal Singh (DAP–Bukit Gelugur) and R. Sivarasa (PKR– Subang) announced that they withdrew as committee members.

They left the meeting after another committee member, Datuk Razali Ibrahim (BN–Muar), tabled a motion to proceed with the hearing without calling for witnesses, on grounds that Anwar had made the accusations in the House.

The motion was supported by Datuk Seri Dr Fong Chan Onn (BN–Alor Gajah), another committee member.

Other members included Nancy Shukri (BN –Batang Sadong) and deputy speaker Datuk Ronald Kiandee.

Karpal said both he and Sivarasa were surprised to see a report by Apco dated Aug 19 over the matter and did not want to associate themselves with the committee after the motion was approved.

“This has deprived Anwar of putting in his side of the story,’’ he said.

Sivarasa described the twist of events as “outrageous”.

Anwar said he had prepared documents and agreements to show as proof to the committee.

Sivarasa said before the Dewan approved the motion of referring Anwar to the Rights and Privileges Committee, Pandikar Amin had assured all parties that the committee would conduct an inquiry and call witnesses.

On June 9, the committee’s meeting ended abruptly as Anwar wanted to have legal representation.

Pandikar Amin had disagreed.

Earlier, on April 22, Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Seri Nazri Abd Aziz tabled a motion to bring Anwar before the committee for claiming that the 1Malaysia concept was linked to One Israel via Apco Worldwide.

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