Kota Melaka MP says GIACC letter clearly states Oct 15 deadline for asset declaration

MELAKA: A DAP lawmaker has clarified that all Pakatan Harapan MPs have until Oct 15 to submit their asset declaration forms as required by the Pakatan Government.

Kota Melaka MP Khoo Poay Tiong (pic) said the deadline was based on a letter sent to them by the National Centre for Governance, Integrity and Anti-Corruption (GIACC) and signed by its chairman Tan Sri Abu Kassim Mohamed.

He said the letter clearly stated that the MPs needed to submit their asset declaration forms within three months from the date of their swearing-in which was on July 16 this year.

"Therefore, the three-month period given to us will only lapse on Oct 15," he told reporters after declaring his asset at the DAP Service Centre in Ayer Keroh here on Saturday (Sept 29).

He said the statement by the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) chief commissioner Datuk Seri Mohd Shukri Abdull that the display of a list of the declaration of assets by Cabinet ministers and MPs on the MACC portal has been postponed from Oct 1 to 15 should not have arisen.

Khoo said all the Pakatan lawmakers were committed to declaring their assets within the stipulated timeframe.

The Melaka DAP secretary, however, pointed out that the declaration of assets as of now did not involve the Opposition MPs.

"I would like to suggest that all the Opposition MPs to also declare their asset," he said.

He said the declaration was important to inform the voters about the assets owned by their elected representatives and spouses and not only meant for the MACC or the Prime Minister (Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad).

Meanwhile, Khoo has declared that he earns RM25,700 per month as a full-time MP while his wife Lee Wei Cheng earns a monthly net income of RM2,254 as an insurance agent.

He also declared a 2 and 1/2 storey terrace house and a bungalow unit worth a total of RM900,000.

Khoo revealed that his monthly expenditure includes loan instalments for the houses, which were jointly purchased with his wife (RM2,566.54) and his Subaru Forester vehicle (RM1,380).

"I own 2,032 unit of shares worth RM11,171.80 and an investment in unit trust totalling RM61,987," he added.