Shafie: Probe a form of intimidation
KUALA LUMPUR: Former rural and regional development minister Datuk Seri Mohd Shafie Apdal has labelled the investigations by police into his speech on 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) in Parliament recently as a form of intimidation, adding that it impinged on a parliamentarian’s right to free speech.
Shafie was called in by Bukit Aman yesterday to give his account relating to charges that he had violated the Official Secrets Act (OSA) 1972.
“We know what is seditious and what is not,” he told reporters outside Bukit Aman, acknowledging that certain issues are not allowed to be brought up even in Parliament, such as the position of the Malay rulers.
“It is an important matter when parliamentarians can’t debate or speak on issues which are very pertinent to the people’s lives. We must be given the freedom to speak on such issues,” said the Parti Warisan Sabah president.
He said the questioning of parliamentarians should not happen when it is said in the august House as they are protected by Article 63(2) of the Federal Constitution, which states that no one shall be liable to court proceedings by their speech or vote when taking part in the proceedings of Parliament or of any parliamentary committee.
Shafie was questioned for about an hour by the police.
It was reported that police were investigating three former ministers, former deputy prime minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin, Shafie and former second finance minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Husni Hanadzlah, over their speeches, which involved 1MDB, in Parliament.
Last week, Husni was summoned for questioning by police, only to be sent back after he arrived because they had postponed the meeting.