Stop your theatrics, Gerakan tells Pua


PAC member and Gerakan Secretary-General Liang Teck Meng says Petaling Jaya Utara MP’s statements reek of desperation.

(FMT) – Stop your grandstanding to the media.

This warning to Public Accounts Committee (PAC) member Tony Pua came from fellow PAC member Liang Teck Meng, who is also Gerakan secretary-general and Simpang Rengam MP.

“I urge you to cease your grandstanding and take up a more parliamentary disposition,” he said.

Liang was also aggrieved with Pua’s “continuous and seemingly relentless pursuit of the prime minister’s resignation despite the committee finding no evidence of his involvement in misconduct of any form”.

He said Pua’s statements reek of desperation against Prime Minister Najib Razak.

“In that light, I consider it highly irresponsible for you to now claim that the committee has ‘now established that at least USD5.5 billion of 1MDB’s cash and assets could not be verified by the Auditor-General after a year of investigations’.

“Your statement did not form part of the report and has no evidentiary basis whatsoever.”

The PAC report on 1MDB was presented in Parliament on Thursday and highlighted instances of mismanagement that led the state investment fund to accrue billions in debt.

Liang reminded the Petaling Jaya Utara MP that full consensus was reached among PAC members as to the contents of the PAC report and its conclusions.

“He had every opportunity to raise any further questions and explore any other directions while the audit was ongoing.

“At no time did you express any reservations about its contents nor qualify your agreement.

“It was also open to you, if you chose to do so, to issue a minority report to express your own opinion on the subject matter.

“Having chosen not to do so, it is unacceptable now for you to challenge the findings of the committee by grandstanding to the media.”

Liang said all PAC members had full access to the same documents and information as well as the testimony of witnesses who appeared before the committee at its hearings.

“Pua’s actions are tantamount to a deliberate act of sabotage. Saving his concerns until after the report was agreed by consensus, only to bring them up now is yet another soapbox, cheap theatrics antic.

“To have agreed on the report and then make the statements you have done shows gross irresponsibility.

“If you have agreed to it with all the complaints, then you have failed in your duties, failed the committee, failed Parliament and failed the people of Malaysia.

“Pua should step down from his elected position for this gross breach of public service and issue a written apology to the people of Malaysia.”