Parliament can debate on Zahid's DNAA when PSSC tables report, says Fahmi

  • Nation
  • Wednesday, 13 Sep 2023

KUALA LUMPUR: The Dewan Rakyat will be able to debate Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi's discharge not amounting to an acquittal (DNAA) when the Parliamentary Special Select Committee (PSSC) on Institutional Reform tables its report on the matter, says Fahmi Fadzil.

The Communications and Digital Minister said that the PSSC is the best platform for MPs – both in the government and Opposition – to get the most detailed and accurate information.

Fahmi, who is also Lembah Pantai MP, said the best course of action would be to wait for the PSSC to do its job.

"The PSSC comprises MPs from all sides, including Perikatan Nasional, like Arau (Datuk Seri Shahidan Kassim), Jeli (Zahari Kechik) and Besut (Datuk Che Mohamad Zulkifly Jusoh). The current and former attorneys general will also be called in.

"The PSSC is the place for us to get the most detailed information, as compared to the Dewan Rakyat where only MPs get to speak.

"I hope all Perikatan MPs or anyone else who wants an explanation (on the DNAA) will wait for the PSSC to perform its duty.

"The PSSC will table its report to the Dewan Rakyat and when the report is published, we can all debate it. I ask for everyone to be patient," he told reporters when met at the Rapid KL's "Cerita Malaysiaku" special coach programme at the KLCC LRT station here on Wednesday (Sept 13).

Fahmi added that as a bipartisan body, the PSSC had been a huge help, including in law creation such as the anti-party hopping and GEG (generational endgame) anti-smoking laws.

He said MPs should allow due process to take place.

"Eventually, we will get the report and it will be tabled in the Dewan Rakyat," he said.

It was reported that the AG would be called in to appear before the PSSC on Institutional Reform to explain their decision to apply to drop corruption charges against Ahmad Zahid.

The High Court recently granted Ahmad Zahid a DNAA over 12 criminal breach of trust (CBT) charges, eight counts of bribery and 27 for money laundering, involving millions of ringgit belonging to Yayasan Akalbudi.

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