KUALA LUMPUR: Five Cabinet ministers have been requested to declare their assets as soon as possible by Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin.
The five, who were not named, had yet to declare their assets although told to do so by Muhyiddin in March.
"There are five who have yet to do so and I view this seriously and want it to be done as soon as possible," he said when replying to a supplementary question raised by Teo Nie Ching (PH-Kulai) in the Dewan Rakyat on Thursday (July 16).
Teo wanted to know the status of asset declaration by Cabinet ministers based on the commitment given by the Prime Minister on March 11 that it would be done within a month.
"I had made a mistake on the time frame. Based on the code of ethics, the time frame is not one month but three months.
"The period has since passed and 97% have submitted their declarations," Muhyiddin said.
He added that he will now also require deputy ministers and MPs under Perikatan Nasional to declare their assets.
Earlier, to a question from Datuk Azizah Mohd Dun (BN-Beaufort), Muhyiddin said the Perikatan administration is still committed to fulfilling the initiatives under the National Anti-Corruption Plan (NACP) 2019-2023 which was launched by the former administration.
He added that the National Centre for Governance, Integrity and Anti-Corruption (GIACC) would be maintained and help evaluate the anti-corruption initiatives under the NACP.
Asked by Azizah on plans to enact laws to govern political funding, Muhyiddin said it was agreed in principle to have such laws.
"The matter was referred to the Parliamentary Special Committee on Consideration of Bills on Nov 7 last year," he said.
He said that Parliament's Public Accounts Committee (PAC) was also directed to study and report on the matter.
However, Muhyiddin said the GIACC has yet to receive the PAC report as Parliament had only formed the committee under the present administration.
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