IPOH Timur lawmaker Wong Kah Woh (pic) has been appointed as the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) chairman.
Wong, who was PAC deputy chairman, will take over the role which fell vacant after Parit Sulong MP Datuk Dr Noraini Ahmad resigned following her appointment as Higher Education Minister in the Perikatan Nasional government in early March.
Opposition Leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim (PH-Port Dickson) thanked the Prime Minister for accepting Wong’s nomination.
“We have proposed Ipoh Timur since the beginning, and would like to thank the Prime Minister for keeping the tradition to appoint an Opposition lawmaker as the PAC chairman,” he said while debating the motion yesterday.
Anwar expressed confidence that Wong would carry out his duties professionally to ensure that the country’s financial position remained transparent.
Beaufort MP Datuk Azizah Mohd Dun will take over Wong’s role as PAC deputy chairman.
Noraini was appointed to head the PAC in April 2019, becoming the first woman Opposition MP to head the committee, following Parliamentary reforms initiated by the former Pakatan Harapan administration.
Wong’s appointment will allow PAC to restart work to scrutinise the Auditor-General’s Report after it had lain dormant since the change of government in March and the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic.
In a separate statement, Wong said he would use his experience as the deputy chairman to conduct PAC proceedings by putting the interest of the country and the people first.
He said PAC would continue to play its role as a check and balance mechanism towards a more accountable and transparent government.
“I urge all PAC members who will be appointed into the committee soon to put aside their political differences when they attend meetings, so all proceedings can continue without fear or favour,” he said.
He also pledged that he would work together with his deputy and they would carry out the duties and mandate given.
During the debates, former PAC member Steven Choong Shiau Yoon (PH-Tebrau) proposed that the PAC proceedings be aired live.
“This will allow the rakyat to follow all the proceedings,” Choong said.
Datuk Seri Tajuddin Abdul Rahman (BN-Pasir Salak) reminded the new PAC chairman to play a more effective role to stop any leakages in government departments.
Datuk Seri Bung Moktar Radin (BN-Kinabatangan) said the PAC should be given more autonomy to look into the country’s financial standing.
“Or else, it will be a waste of time,” he said.
The Dewan Rakyat adjourned sine die after sitting since July 13.
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