PETALING JAYA: Permatang Pauh lawmaker Nurul Izzah Anwar (pic) has quit Parliament’s Public Accounts Committee (PAC).
In a brief text message, Nurul Izzah confirmed that she has resigned from the post.
Parliament sources have confirmed that she has submitted her resignation letter to Dewan Rakyat Speaker Datuk Mohamad Ariff Md Yusof’s office.
However, when contacted, Mohamad Ariff confirmed he had received the resignation via email.
Nurul Izzah has spoken out before on the government’s move to retain the PAC chair.
The lawmaker had tweeted on March 15 that the PAC chairperson must be a member of the Opposition to maintain accountability of the executive.
“The current Speaker has clearly outlined intent to institutionalise reforms – to ensure Parliament is on equal footing to the executive.
“Will remind him to do so for the PAC,” she tweeted.
Even though Pakatan Harapan had, in its election manifesto, promised that the post of PAC chairperson would be held by the Opposition, Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad recently said PAC chairman Datuk Seri Dr Ronald Kiandee need not resign from his post after he quit Umno to join Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia.
It was reported that Barisan Nasional had proposed Parit Sulong MP Datuk Dr Noraini Ahmad as the new PAC chairman.
Last December, Nurul Izzah announced that she would resign from her PKR party posts, however, said she would remain a member of the parliamentary backbench committed to reforms. She also said she would no longer serve in the federal government in any capacity.