Zahid: Police looking into ex-ministers’ Budget 2017 debate statements

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  • Tuesday, 01 Nov 2016

KUALA LUMPUR: Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi (pic) said the police are looking into the case involving statements made by three former ministers when debating Budget 2017 in Parliament.

He said if the speeches are deemed to have breached the Official Secrets Act (OSA), then the police will be handing over the investigation papers to the Attorney-General’s Chambers for further action.

“It’s too early for me to give any findings from the investigation papers as the police report has already been made and the Inspector-General of Police has issued a statement.

“So, we leave this matter to the police and the A-G for the next course of action,” he said after the launch of a biography of Tun Abdullah Ahmad Badawi, Being Abdullah Ahmad Badawi, by Sultan Nazrin Shah of Perak at the Sime Darby Convention Centre here yesterday.

Dr Ahmad Zahid was referring to the remarks made by former Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin, former Rural and Regional Development Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Shafie Apdal and former Second Finance Minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Husni Hanadzlah when debating the 2017 Supply Bill at the Dewan Rakyat last week.

They were alleged to have leaked government secrets.

“Even though MPs have an immunity when speaking in Dewan Rakyat and Dewan Negara, they are still bound by the OSA, and the vow of secrecy taken as a member of the Cabinet disallows one from revealing any government secret,” he said.

Dr Ahmad Zahid added that former government administration officials also have to follow the same rules.

“We can have different opinions but when it comes to laws and principles, we must all abide by them,” he said.

Last Wednesday, Muhyiddin claimed that the Cabinet had not addressed his suggestions regarding government investment company 1Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB) when he was still in office, while Ahmad Husni had raised questions on the controversies facing the firm.

Later in Putrajaya, Dr Ahmad Zahid, when receiving International Organisation for Migration (IOM) director-general William Lacy Swing at his office, said Malaysia had submitted a membership request to the IOM.

He said he believed the country would benefit from the strategic co-operation to be made with IOM, especially in dealing with migrants from Syria who had arrived and would be coming here.

Malaysia had announced that it would open its doors to 3,000 Syrian migrants to alleviate the refugee crisis. So far, 167 have arrived.

Set up in 1951, IOM is an inter-governmental organisation which helps ensure the orderly and humane management of migration, promote international co-operation on migration issues and assist in the search for practical solutions to migration problems.

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