Johor state assembly makes it compulsory for assemblymen to declare assets

  • Nation
  • Sunday, 01 Dec 2019

ISKANDAR PUTERI: The Johor state assembly has passed a motion to make it compulsory for all assemblymen to declare their assets.

The motion was suggested by Mentri Besar Datuk Dr Sahruddin Jamal (pic) and four assemblymen, two each from Pakatan Harapan and Barisan Nasional.

It was debated during the final day of the state assembly sitting at Bangunan Sultan Ismail here in Kota Iskandar on Sunday (Dec 1).

The four assemblymen were Khairuddin A. Rahim (PH-Senggarang), Dr Chong Fat Full (PH-Pemanis), Datuk Hasni Mohamed (BN-Benut), and R. Vidyananthan (BN-Kahang).

Dr Sahruddin said in his motion that the asset declaration must be made as there were no existing laws to make it compulsory for all assemblymen to declare their properties.

"The state government believes that this motion is the best way to make it a compulsory for assemblymen to declare their assets.

"The decision will bind all assemblymen and they would be referred to the state assembly rights and freedom committee if they do not do it," he added.

The Bukit Kepong assemblyman said the declaration also involved spouses, children below the age of 21 and trustees.

He added that three forms were needed to be filled and sent to state Speaker Suhaizan Kaiat.

Dr Sahruddin said that the forms must be sent to Suhaizan within a six-month period, which is until June 1,2020, from the date where the motion was approved and a copy sent to the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC).

Meanwhile, Hasni, who is also the state Opposition chief, said that Barisan assemblymen had no problems in supporting the motion.

"However, what is the guarantee from the state government that our personal data will not be leaked and used as political mileage," he asked during the debate.

In the end, all 32 Pakatan assemblymen raised their hands in support of the motion while the 24 Barisan assemblymen did not put up their hands.

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