Possible conflict of interest in PAC deputy head accepting Seda chairmanship, says MCA

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  • Tuesday, 23 Jul 2019

PETALING JAYA: MCA questions if there is a conflict of interest in Public Accounts Committee (PAC) deputy chairman Wong Kah Woh accepting the chairmanship of The Sustainable Energy Development Authority (Seda).

Party president Datuk Seri Dr Wee Ka Siong (pic) asked what could happen if Seda was hauled up by the PAC.

"Will there be a conflict of interest, since the PAC deputy chairman and the Seda chairman is the same person?" asked Dr Wee in a Facebook post on Tuesday (July 23).

Bernama reported that Wong took over the role of chairman from Datuk Ahmad Fauzi Hasan, who has been Seda acting chairman since July 2018.

Dr Wee, who is also the Ayer Hitam MP, said a similar situation arose when the Dewan Rakyat Speaker Datuk Seri Mohamad Ariff Md Yusof's credibility was questioned after he rejected a motion to refer Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng to the Rights and Privileges Committee for allegedly misleading the House on the Goods and Services Tax (GST) refund issue when it was learnt that Mohamad Ariff's son was working for Lim.

"In conclusion, to avoid any conflict of interest in the future, it is better if the Seda chairmanship is given to other individuals and not a PAC member," said Dr Wee.

Dr Wee praised the Government's effort to further improve democratic practices by appointing a member of the Opposition as the chairman of PAC but the Seda appointment was clearly a step backward.

"This will make all Pakatan Harapan's commitment and sincerity to become pointless," said Dr Wee.

He also asked not to be accused of politicising the issue as he was a member of the Opposition and carrying a check-and-balance to the ruling government.

"Please listen to the suggestions made by an independent body such as Bersih that also criticised Wong's appointment," asked Dr Wee.

It was reported that Bersih had warned that Wong risked becoming beholden to the Government after his appointment as the Seda chairman.

Umno Youth had also questioned why Energy, Science, Technology, Environment and Climate Change Minister Yeo Bee Yin why a fellow DAP member was appointed to be the Seda chairman, barely months after announcing a large-scale solar power project worth RM2bil.

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