Opposition MPs say they will defy motion to compel asset declaration

KUALA LUMPUR: Opposition lawmakers in Parliament stood up to show that they would not support a special motion to compel all MPs to declare their assets.

During the Parliament meeting on Monday (July 1), Datuk Takiyuddin Hassan (PAS-Kota Bharu) declared that he would defy the special motion to compel the asset declaration.

He questioned whether the special motion had any power to punish those who refused to declare their assets.

"If this special motion is approved, I pledge I will be the first not to comply. I will let them take action against me, as it is irregular," he said while debating the motion.

He was supported by Datuk Seri Shahidan Kassim (BN-Arau), who said, "I will be the second," followed by Datuk Seri Bung Mokhtar Radin (BN-Kinabatangan) as well as the majority of Umno MPs.

Earlier, Minister in the Prime Minister's Department Datuk Liew Vui Keong tabled a special motion to compel all lawmakers to declare their assets.

The motion proposed that those who fail to declare their assets would be hauled up to the Parliament's Select Committee on Rights and Privileges Committee.

Takiyuddin said there was no "force of law" behind the motion.

He pointed to a media report saying that the Dewan Rakyat Speaker had no power to punish lawmakers who failed to declare their assets.

Tan Sri Annuar Musa (BN-Ketereh) said that the Parliament's Select Committee on Rights and Privileges Committee was confined to matters referred to it by the August House.

"If it has no basis of power on other acts outside of Dewan. The Government cannot simply bring a special motion to force a lawmaker to make an explanation inside the Dewan Rakyat," he said.

Tan Sri Noh Omar (BN-Tanjung Karang) concurred, and asked if the special motion was in contradiction with the parliamentary immunity enjoyed by MPs.

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