‘MPs must declare assets by Dec 5’

  • Nation
  • Wednesday, 27 Nov 2019

ALL lawmakers, especially those from the Opposition, have until Dec 5 to declare their assets to avoid embarrassment, says Datuk Liew Vui Keong.

“The Speaker has decided to extend the Oct 1 deadline.

“I urge all those who have yet to declare their assets to do so before the new deadline,” said the Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department when met in the Parliament lobby.

So far, Liew said all MPs from Pakatan Harapan and Gabungan Parti Sarawak had declared their assets, including several PAS lawmakers.

He said those who failed to declare would be going against a motion which was adopted by the House on July 1 this year.

“There are several punishments that could be imposed and the foremost would be contempt.

“But it is the House that will have to decide on what sort of punishment is appropriate,” he said.

Liew said a motion would have to be tabled and passed to cite the recalcitrant MPs for punishment.

“To avoid embarrassment, I advise those who have yet to declare to quickly get it done,” he said.

Liew brushed aside claims by some Opposition lawmakers for going against the declaration due to safety concerns.

He said the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) had since made public assets declaration of Pakatan MPs without any incident.

In the July 1 motion, MPs, their wives, children above 21 and trustees must declare their assets and income by Oct 1.

The current Parliament meeting ends on Dec 5.

The declarations will be presented to Speaker Tan Sri Mohamad Ariff Md Yusof and the MACC.

A check on the MACC website showed that Pakatan MPs and their spouses have declared their assets.

Previously, Opposition chief Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob said that Barisan Nasional MPs had no problems declaring their assets if compelled to do so by law.

Earlier in the House yesterday, Liew tabled the motion, which was approved in the Dewan Rakyat.

“In accordance with the decision by the House on July 1, in line with the principles of accountability and transparency, all Dewan Rakyat members need to declare their assets, as well as that of their spouses, children and trustees.

“The Statutory Declaration shall be submitted to the Yang di-Pertua within three months from the date of this motion is agreed upon and copied to the chief commissioner of the MACC,” said Liew.

According to earlier reports, MPs who make false declarations would be subjected 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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