Friday, March 20, 2009

MACC questions Perak Rights and Priviliges panel members

MACC questions Perak Rights and Priviliges panel members
Updated: 06:37PM Thu, 19 Mar 2009

IPOH (March 19, 2009) : The Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) today recorded statements from five members of the Perak Rights and Privileges Committee which had suspended the mentri besar and six state executive councillors from the State Legislative Assembly.
The five members questioned by the MACC were assemblymen Loke Chee Yan (Kepayang ), Ong Boon Piow (Tebing Tinggi ), Sum Cheok Leng (Bercham), Chan Ming Kai (Simpang Pulai) and Husin Din (Selinsing).

State Assembly Speaker V. Sivakumar, who is also chairman of the committee, had suspended the seven for contempt on Feb 18 based on a complaint from DAP Canning assemblyman Wong Kah Woh.

Wong had complained that the appointments of Zambry as Mentri Besar and the six excos were unconstitutional and the inquiry was held at the State Secretariat.

Wong was also summoned to appear before the MACC today over his complaint.

Loke, speaking on behalf of the others, said the five had had cooperated with the MACC, but did it "under protest".

He said the committee enjoys immunity under paragraph 3 of the Perak Legislative Assembly (Privileges) Enactment 1959 which provides that no member shall be liable to criminal proceedings in respect of anything done or said in the Perak Assembly or any committee.

"The MACC does not understand the powers and privileges of the Perak Legislative Assembly is immune from criminal proceedings. By responding to the MACC summons we can only hope that the MACC will uphold its charter to conscientiously investigate and prosecute those who are involved in big time corruption," Loke said.

"As we have complied with their order to appear under the MACC Act 2009, we now want an explanation from the MACC as to why they are not respecting our immunity under the Act." he said.

"Legislative Assemblies all over the world recognise that legislators like us require our immunity to do our job properly," he added.

Zambry and his six exco members have also filed a case against Sivakumar’s suspension order against them at the High Court. This was supposed to be heard on Monday, but has now been postponed by a day to Tuesday.

seals: MACC is just acting under "instructions". In Malaysia we have 2 laws. 1- Law for UMNO and the other Law for "the others". People of Malaysia, you are matured enough to see who misuse the powers and law.

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