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.

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