PETALING JAYA: Tony Pua has responded to Gerakan secretary-general Liang Teck Meng over his call for an MP to stop playing “disgusting dirty politics” and focus on evidence-based investigations on 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB).
"What is wrong with wanting to ‘expose the crooks' behind the multi-billion ringgit scam behind 1MDB which has resulted in tens of billions of ringgit of taxpayers losses," said Pua in a press statement on Monday.
The Petaling Jaya Utara MP said that this was not the first time that Liang has told him off for speaking out on 1MDB.
"Liang, who is also the Member of Parliament for Simpang Renggam, who is never heard raising issues which matter to the man-on-the-street, has been impressively first-off-the-mark to criticise me whenever I comment on 1MDB recently," said Pua.
Pua added that Liang has claimed that he was trying to deliberately get himself suspended from the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) by speaking up on the issue.
Both Pua and Liang are PAC members.
In his statement, Pua added that he never breached the Parliamentary Standing Orders, which states that the information provided by the relevant parties privy to the PAC is not allowed to be disclosed before tabling in Parliament.
He said that the Standing Orders did not gag PAC members when it came to information that was already in the public domain.
"I’ve spoken in the past on the National Feedlot Corporation, KLIA2 and even the 1MDB scandals even as the PAC investigated them without any issues. Even the former PAC chairman put it on record that I’ve been very disciplined when issuing statements," said Pua.
On Sunday, Liang said he had read a statement by one of his fellow committee members on New Year’s Day and was stunned.
Although he did not expressly identify the “Yang Berhormat”, it is believed that Liang was referring to fellow PAC member and Opposition MP Tony Pua.
Liang went on to say that no sane person would try to prejudice and dishonour himself and the PAC in such a manner unless he had a hidden political agenda that was not based on the truth or on factual evidence.