PETALING JAYA: Former transport minister Datuk Seri Dr Wee Ka Siong says he has fully cooperated with the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) on its inquiry into the management of the Covid-19 pandemic.
He said he was called up by PAC as a witness to assist the discussion on the procurement of assets, including ventilators and masks from China.
“I would like to record my gratitude to PAC chairman Datuk Mas Ermieyati Samsudin, who had concluded that she was satisfied with my explanations,” he told a press conference in Parliament yesterday.
Dr Wee, who is the Ayer Hitam MP, said he had taken all the questions from PAC members who had sought clarifications on the matter during the 50-minute session.
“I can still recall what happened from day one, and my role in helping the ministry make orders and buy ventilators from China.
“My role was to make sure that the face masks and ventilators were delivered to Malaysia,” he said, adding that he would not touch on the details of the proceedings and would let the report be tabled first in the Dewan Rakyat.
Dr Wee also said he had submitted documents and copies of media reports related to the matter that had been uploaded to his social media accounts.
Meanwhile, PAC said aside from Dr Wee, several individuals from the Health Ministry were also called up for questioning, among them former secretary-general Datuk Seri Dr Chen Chaw Min, department secretary (acquisition and private secretary) Mohd Fauzee Abd Majid, deputy secretary-general (finance) Datuk Seri Norazman Ayob and former Pharmaniaga Bhd managing director Datuk Farshila Emran.
“PAC is satisfied with the cooperation of all witnesses and we will include the statement and explanation of witnesses in the PAC report that will be tabled in the third meeting of Parliament,” it said in a statement.
The first PAC proceeding on Covid-19 pandemic management was conducted on June 15, followed by the second one on Aug 22.
Mas Ermieyati said recently that PAC needed an explanation from Dr Wee as his name was mentioned in previous proceedings.