The Public Accounts Committee (PAC) can just “close shop” if its members continue to ”reveal information” pertaining to its probe.
Gerakan secretary-general Datuk Liang Teck Meng said DAP’s Petaling Jaya Utara Member of Parliament Tony Pua was wrong to say it was okay to make statements based on “publicly available documents”.
“How can we make a judgement based on publicly available documents,” he said at a press conference at the PGRM building this morning.
Liang said should Pua continue revealing information, then it was pointless for PAC to continue the probe.
“We also do not need to heed the Auditor-General’s report and just close shop. We just listen to publicly available documents.”
“Are they from Sarawak Report or did he WhatsApp Claire Brown. As a PAC member we have to be neutral and professional, our objective is the truth based on proof.”
Yesterday Liang, who is the Simpang Renggam MP, took Pua to task for making “biased statements” against 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB), which was currently the subject of a PAC probe and that the information was not allowed to be disclosed before it was tabled in Parliament.
Pua was reported to have said, in response, that he never breached Parliamentary Standing Orders by disclosing information privy only to PAC and asked Liang if he was only interested to “cover up the entire scandal”.
Meanwhile, prior to the press conference, Liang had launched the “Survey Better Malaysia”, a smart phone survey to be used by Gerakan to interact with voters “to make better policies and laws”.
However, Liang could not reveal how the survey would actually influence policies and what made it different from other methods being used by the people in expressing what they want.
“We can’t always rely on what people say on social media, so this method (phone app), is the best way to gauge the public’s sentiment.