Stop using VEP, RC issues as political ammo in Tg Piai, says PAC chairman

  • Nation
  • Wednesday, 06 Nov 2019

KUALA LUMPUR: The Public Accounts Committee (PAC) has urged parties to stop using the Vehicle Entry Permit (VEP) system and Road Charge (RC) issues in the Tanjung Piai by-election campaign.

PAC chairman Datuk Dr Noraini Ahmad (pic) said using the issues as tools for political campaigns violates Dewan Rakyat's Standing Order 85 as the matter is being probed by the bi-partisan committee.

"As such, all statements and documents presented in the Parliament's PAC proceedings are classified as confidential and cannot be discussed outside the proceedings.

"I would like to stress that the PAC has not finished the proceedings on the matter," she said in a statement on Wednesday (Nov 6).

Noraini, who is also Parit Sulong MP, said thus far the PAC has had five proceedings on the matter, with the last one held on Oct 23.

The PAC has yet to prepare a final report on the matter, which will provide the committee's recommendations and findings to be presented to the government.

"After the committee has finalised the report, only then will it be tabled in the Dewan Rakyat and be made public.

"As such, it is very irresponsible for anyone to link the proceedings or make reference to PAC as part of their campaign in the Tanjung Piai by-election," said Noraini.

She added that the PAC has no prosecution powers to determine if any witnesses who attend the committee's probe are involved in any crime or corruption.

The presence of witnesses during the proceedings is to help the PAC and not to be accused as being involved in crime or corruption activities, she said.

MCA candidate Datuk Seri Dr Wee Jeck Seng had said that police reports against him for alleged corruption in the VEP project are a politically-motivated act by his opponents in the by-election.

Wee said many allegations were being spread and were untrue as it had already been answered in the 2017 Auditor-General Report.

Among the allegations were that the company that won the bid had only RM35 in the bank account, however, the AG Report noted that the company had proven they had more than RM3mil in funds, surpassing the minimum required amount.

The VEP is a permit issued by the Road Transport Department (JPJ) which enables the entry of foreign vehicles into Malaysia.

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