‘Husni has right to ask about 1MDB’

> Ev­ery law­maker can voice his con­cern in Par­lia­ment: Jo­hari

The Sun (Malaysia) - - NEWS WITHOUT BORDERS - BY AIEZAT FADZELL, TI­MOTHY ACHARIAM AND ELLY FAZANIZA

KUALA LUMPUR: Fi­nance Min­is­ter II Datuk Jo­hari Abdul Ghani (pix) said his pre­de­ces­sor, Datuk Seri Ah­mad Husni Mo­hamad Hanad­zlah, has the right to ask about 1Malaysia De­vel­op­ment Ber­had (1MDB) in the De­wan Rakyat.

Speak­ing to re­porters at the Par­lia­ment lobby yes­ter­day, Jo­hari said it is the right of ev­ery law­maker to voice his con­cern when tak­ing part in Par­lia­ment pro­ceed­ings.

“There is noth­ing wrong in ask­ing questions in Par­lia­ment,” he added.

Ah­mad Husni re­signed as fi­nance min­is­ter II and re­lin­quished sev­eral other posts in Barisan Na­sional and Umno in June.

On Oct 24, when de­bat­ing the 2017 Sup­ply Bill in Par­lia­ment, he ques­tioned the gov­ern­ment’s mo­tive in set­ting up 1MDB which he al­leged has seen a lot of mis­ap­pro­pri­a­tion, with no ac­tion taken.

Speaker Tan Sri Pandikar Amin Mu­lia had said that Ah­mad Husni might have breached the se­crecy oath by speak­ing on is­sues that he had knowl­edge of dur­ing his ten­ure as Cab­i­net min­is­ter.

The po­lice an­nounced that Ah­mad Husni, for­mer deputy prime min­is­ter Tan Sri Muhyid­din Yassin and for­mer rural and re­gional de­vel­op­ment min­is­ter Datuk Seri Shafie Ap­dal would be in­ves­ti­gated un­der the Of­fi­cial Se­crets Act (OSA) 1972 over their speeches in the De­wan Rakyat for al­legedly breach­ing their min­is­te­rial oaths.

Mean­while, Ah­mad Husni, who was sup­posed to be ques­tioned by po­lice yes­ter­day, turned up at the fed­eral po­lice head­quar­ters in Bukit Aman at 2.15pm only to come out 15 min­utes later.

He told the me­dia wait­ing out­side that po­lice had post­poned the ses­sion to next week but had not given him a date and time.

Civil lib­er­ties lawyer Syahredzan Jo­han la­belled the po­lice ac­tion as “pre­pos­ter­ous”, say­ing that, as par­lia­men­tar­i­ans, Ah­mad Husni, Muhyid­din and Shafie should be pro­tected by the Fed­eral Con­sti­tu­tion.

He said in a Face­book post­ing that if the gov­ern­ment was not happy with what was raised in Par­lia­ment, it can deal with these MPs through the Rights and Priv­i­leges Com­mit­tee of Par­lia­ment.

Deputy Prime Min­is­ter Datuk Seri Ah­mad Zahid Hamidi said the is­sue of the three MPs be­ing in­ves­ti­gated un­der the OSA for al­legedly di­vulging con­fi­den­tial gov­ern­ment in­for­ma­tion is un­der the purview of the po­lice.

“If it is found that they have truly gone against the OSA, the po­lice will hand over their in­ves­ti­ga­tion pa­pers to the At­tor­ney-Gen­eral’s Chambers for fur­ther ac­tion,” Ah­mad Zahid said at a news con­fer­ence yes­ter­day.

Ah­mad Husni wav­ing to re­porters be­fore leav­ing Bukit Aman yes­ter­day.

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