MPs Want Azmin Referred to Committee over Claims Projects Did Not Receive Cabinet’s Approval

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Several opposition lawmakers have demanded that Senior Minister Datuk Seri Azmin Ali be referred to the Rights and Privileges committee over his claims that government projects given via direct negotiations under the Pakatan Harapan government did not receive the approval of the Cabinet.

This follows the Finance Ministry’s releasing a list of 101 contracts worth RM6.61 billion under Pakatan Harapan on Wednesday (Aug 26).

Former cabinet minister Datuk Seri Saifuddin Nasution Ismail (PH-Kulim Bandar Baharu) said after reviewing the list that he was confident that the projects were presented to the Cabinet.

“I’m confident that the accusation made by Gombak (Azmin) that the matter was not decided in Cabinet was to mislead the Dewan,” he said in the Dewan Rakyat on Thursday (Aug 27).

On Monday (Aug 24), during the debates, Azmin, who was also a minister during the Pakatan administration, interjected and said the list was not presented to the Cabinet.

Former minister Dr Maszlee Malik (IND-Simpang Renggam) also concurred with Saifuddin, saying bluntly that Azmin’s claim was a lie.

“Among the projects which was approved included a project under my ministry which was tabled and agreed, and this is against the statement made by Gombak,” he said.

Separately, Kelvin Yii (PH-Bandar Kuching) also asked the Speaker to rule on Nik Muhammad Zawawi Salleh’s (PAS-Pasir Puteh) statement claiming the Bible has been subverted from its original form.

“His honourable Pasir Puteh, during the debate on drunk driving, said that the Christian Bible has been twisted. We can debate on anything but don’t insult other religions. The Bible is very sacred for Christians and such statements can create tense relations.

“I ask the Speaker to make a ruling and ask Pasir Puteh to apologise to the Dewan, all Christians and everyone,” Yii said.

Deputy Speaker Datuk Mohd Rashid Hasnon then told Saifuddin and Yii to submit their requests in writing to the Speaker’s Office as both Nik Muhammad and Azmin were not in the Lower House today.