PETALING JAYA: Amendments are underway to allow live coverage of Public Accounts Committee (PAC) hearings in a move towards having a more transparent Parliament said newly minted PAC chairman Datuk Dr Noraini Ahmad (pic).
“PAC had written to Dewan Rakyat Speaker Datuk Mohamad Ariff Md Yusof for live coverage of the committee’s hearings covering its reports and recommendations.
“The Speaker is keen on seeing such reforms,” she said yesterday.
Noraini said the amendments must first be made to Parliament’s Standing Orders to allow for the live coverage.
“The proposal must be tabled and passed in Parliament.
“However, I don’t expect the changes to be done in the coming Parliament session next month, as it requires time,” she added.
When contacted, Mohamad Ariff confirmed amendments to Standing Order 85 were being drafted but did not specify the date when it would be brought before lawmakers.
Former PAC chairman Datuk Seri Dr Ronald Kiandee, who vacated the post on April 4, confirmed that he wrote to Mohamad Ariff in December last year on the proposal.
There had been calls among lawmakers and civil society to make the bi-partisan PAC hearings public.
However, Standing Order 85 states that any evidence presented to the committee shall not be published before its report is tabled in Parliament.
On a separate issue, Noraini said the coming Parliament meeting will mark a milestone for PAC.
“Previously, PAC only gave its recommendations to the government after scrutinising the Auditor-General’s annual reports.
“Next month will be the first time that the government has to show PAC what action it has taken on its recommendations,” she said.
The first series of the Auditor-General Report 2018 is scheduled to be tabled in Parliament which begins its meetings this July 1.
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