Ex-min­is­ters re­minded of oath


KUALA LUMPUR: For­mer Cab­i­net min­is­ters may have breached their oath of se­crecy by re­veal­ing confidential in­for­ma­tion in Par­lia­ment, said Speaker Tan Sri Pandikar Amin Mu­lia.

He said all min­is­ters take an oath that re­quires them to not dis­close in­for­ma­tion they gained dur­ing their time in of­fice.

He was re­fer­ring to state­ments made by for­mer deputy prime min­is­ter Tan Sri Muhyid­din Yassin and for­mer sec­ond fi­nance min­is­ter Datuk Seri Ah­mad Husni Hanad­zlah when speak­ing on the 2017 Bud­get in Par­lia­ment.

“You heard the things they said, you can as­sess whether those were learned dur­ing their time as min­is­ters or not. If they are in­for­ma­tion we get while we are in our po­si­tions, that means we have al­ready gone against the oath.

“There are cer­tain guide­lines we need to fol­low. There are Acts like the Of­fi­cial Se­crets Act (OSA) and Sedi­tion Act.

“It is all there, so my ad­vice is, al­though you know some­thing, you need to be care­ful as there is Stand­ing Or­der 36(12). We need to keep cer­tain things in con­fi­dence,” he told re­porters at the Par­lia­ment lobby yes­ter­day.

On Wed­nes­day, Muhyid­din claimed the Cab­i­net had not ad­dressed his sug­ges­tions re­gard­ing gov­ern­ment in­vest­ment com­pany 1Malaysia De­vel­op­ment Bhd (1MDB) when he was still in of­fice, while Ah­mad Husni had raised ques­tions on the con­tro­ver­sies fac­ing the firm.

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