Get facts right, op­po­si­tion told

New Straits Times - - News -

OP­PO­SI­TION law­mak­ers were schooled on the need to get their facts right as well as from the cor­rect source when ask­ing ques­tions in the De­wan Rakyat.

Min­is­ter in the Prime Min­is­ter’s Depart­ment Datuk Seri Ab­dul Rah­man Dahlan took the op­po­si­tion to task for not do­ing their home­work as well as quot­ing du­bi­ous sources.

Cit­ing an ex­am­ple, he urged the op­po­si­tion to stop is­su­ing con­fus­ing facts on the strate­gic co­op­er­a­tion be­tween Saudi Aramco and Petronas in the Re­fin­ery and Petro­chem­i­cal In­te­grated De­vel­op­ment (RAPID) project in Jo­hor.

“I want to tell the op­po­si­tion to read (the in­for­ma­tion on the project) on the Petronas web­site.

“Your facts are wrong. If such state­ments are is­sued by the op­po­si­tion, it will cause for­eign in­vestors to call us (Malaysia) a pariah state,” he said in re­ply to a sup­ple­men­tary ques­tion from Dr Ko Chung Sen (DAP-Kam­par) yes­ter­day.

Rah­man said the con­fus­ing state­ments in­cluded the claim that the strate­gic agree­ment would ben­e­fit Saudi Aramco greatly, and the pur­ported sell­ing of the coun­try’s in­ter­est in the RAPID project.

“I want to ex­plain here that the whole project is called the Pengerang In­ter­na­tional Petroleum Com­plex (PIPC) and in it is the Pengerang In­te­grated Com­plex (PIC) as a com­po­nent, which is worth RM27 bil­lion.

“In the PIC, there is the RAPID com­po­nent where there is co­op­er­a­tion be­tween Saudi Aramco and Petronas.

“So it is in­cor­rect for Ko to claim that the in­vest­ment by Saudi Aramco in RAPID is 50 per cent in PIPC, be­cause the in­vest­ment is only in RAPID.”

Datuk Seri Ab­dul Rah­man Dahlan

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