KUALA LUMPUR: Pakatan Harapan leaders should lead by example by ensuring that all of their MPs are willing to declare their assets, says Umno stalwart Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein.
According to the Sembrong MP, there are still 12 Pakatan MPs who haven’t declared their assets, while 22 MPs have yet to declare assets for their families – this includes a senator who is a deputy minister.
“So, asking the Opposition to do something is like a fishing expedition. You have to lead by example.
“Prove to us that you are sincere. Prove to us that what you’re doing is really transparent.
“Because you’re in power and we are not. So, you want to fish our assets and so on? For what reason? We are not in the government right now,” Hishammuddin told reporters at the Parliament lobby on Tuesday (July 2).
Asked if Opposition MPs are prepared declare their assets should Pakatan MPs do so, Hishammuddin said, “What is the reason for this?”
He argued that Opposition leaders are no longer in positions of power, adding that their assets can always be scrutinised by the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC).
“We also declare our assets to the (Inland Revenue Board), so what is the purpose of this exercise? It doesn’t make sense to me.”
The special motion to compel all lawmakers to declare their assets was passed in Parliament on Monday (July 1).
According to the motion, those who fail to declare their assets would be hauled to the Parliament’s Select Committee on Rights and Privileges.
MPs who make false declarations will however be subject to prosecution under Section 3, Act 783 (Statutory Declaration) and Section 193 of the Penal Code, which carries a jail term not exceeding three years or a fine.
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