Motion for all Perak reps to declare assets expected to be tabled next week


IPOH: A motion to have all state assemblymen declare their assets is expected to be tabled during the Perak State Legislative sitting next week.

Perak state Speaker Datuk Ngeh Koo Ham said the matter was submitted to him by Pasir Bedamar assemblyman R.N. Terence Naidu, adding that it would be brought up during the sitting set to run from July 23 to 25.

"It is a matter related to accountability and transparency.

"All state assemblymen need to declare their assets, including those of their spouses and children," he said at a press conference at the state secretariat building here on Friday (July 19).

"Once the motion is passed, the declarations must be submitted to me within three months. The declarations will then be sent to the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission," he said.

Ngeh also said the audit report on Mentri Besar Incorporated (MB Inc) by the Public Accounts Committee has been completed and would be debated at the sitting.

"Any state assemblymen who wants to debate it will need to move a motion to do so," he added. 

Asked if the sitting would pose problems for the Mentri Besar and the executive council members as they did not perform the swearing-in ceremony last week after it was postponed, Ngeh said it would not be affected.

"Once the members are appointed, it is for a full term of five years," he said, adding that the ceremony was merely a renewal of their commitment to their responsibilities.

"Unless he or she is sacked, unless they resigned from their post, there is no issue and they can attend the sitting. They are elected by the people," he said.

"Even if they are sacked from their party, they are still assemblymen," he added.

The Perak government was rocked by scandals involving two of its state exco members.

It was reported that the swearing-in ceremony had been postponed because of a police probe against state exco member Paul Yong, who was accused of raping is Indonesian maid while Abdul Yunus Jamhari was accused of corruption.

Both have denied any wrongdoing.


   

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