About 40 federal Opposition lawmakers marched from Parliament to Bank Negara Malaysia (BNM) to press for the reopening of investigations into 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB).
The 2km walk started at about 9am and took about 35 minutes.
The group included Opposition Leader Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail, DAP parliamentary leader and Gelang Patah MP Lim Kit Siang, Bagan MP Lim Guan Eng, PKR’s parliamentary whip and Sungai Petani MP Datuk Johari Abdul, Lembah Pantai MP Nurul Izzah Anwar, Shah Alam MP Khalid Samad from Parti Amanah Negara, Penampang MP Darell Leiking from Parti Warisan Sabah, and Pokok Sena MP Datuk Mahfuz Omar from PAS.
Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia penned its support in the memorandum which was handed over to BNM. The party’s sole MP, Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin was absent as he is currently overseas.
The memorandum to urge the central bank to reopen investigations into the alleged mismanagement of 1MDB was addressed to BNM Governor Datuk Muhammad Ibrahim but he was unable to meet the group.
However, 10 representatives from the group were allowed in to meet the administrators and submit their memorandum. The others waited outside.
According to Johari Abdul, the memorandum contains new discoveries related to 1MDB.
The group also handed the bank a copy of the US Department of Justice’s civil court filing seeking the forfeiture and recovery of more than US$1 billion (RM4.28 billion) in assets linked to 1MDB.
“BNM has to investigate this proactively and transparently. We will work together on this matter for the people.
“BNM has to be neutral and cannot protect any parties. It has to be independent. We as the people support BNM in all their actions,” Wan Azizah said.
The opposition’s call to have an emergency session in the Dewan Rakyat last week, to discuss the DoJ’s claims was rejected.
Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Azalina Othman Said said this was because the matter had already been addressed in the last Dewan Rakyat sitting in March.
Dewan Rakyat speaker Pandikar Amin Mulia, in explaining his decision to reject the opposition’s questions on 1MDB, said it was because discussions on the issue were subjudice since they related to civil suits filed by the DoJ.
Yesterday, Petaling Jaya Selatan MP Hee Loy Sian filed a lawsuit against Pandikar and the House secretary over the rejection of his questions related to 1MDB dated Jul 21.
Hee is seeking a court declaration that the Speaker’s decision be made null and void.
He claimed Pandikar’s action in rejecting his questions on 1MDB had breached his constitutional rights and the rights to free speech in the Dewan Rakyat.
“The reasons they gave for rejecting my questions do not make sense,” Hee said.
Lawyer and fellow PKR lawmaker N Surendran said that Hee was the first MP to take legal action against the Speaker for rejecting questions in Parliament and that whatever decision made by the court will bind on other MPs who take action against the Speaker in the future.
Today, DAP’s Segambut MP Lim Lip Eng was ejected from the Dewan Rakyat after he ignored warnings from the deputy speaker to sit down while seeking to submit a motion to debate 1MDB’s failure to meet a deadline to pay the International Petroleum Investment Company (IPIC) on Monday.
Deputy speaker Ismail Syed Mohamed Syed had asked Lim to cite the standing order in raising the issue.
“Under Standing Order 18,” Lim replied. “Yesterday I had sent a motion to Speaker. This morning I received a reply. He has rejected.
“It is on 1MDB’s debt to IPIC. The money is from the rakyat,” Lim said, before being told to sit down.
He was then told to read the letter from the Speaker and was again told to sit down.
Ismail said any motion rejected under Standing Order 18 (7), which gives the Speaker the power to refuse a motion by an MP, cannot be resubmitted again.
Lim stood up yet again before Ismail warned him of being ejected.
Lim continued to speak and was then told to leave the Dewan.