Amanah lawmaker files emergency motion to discuss Azam Baki issue in Parliament

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Pulai MP Datuk Seri Salahuddin Ayub has filed an emergency motion to Dewan Rakyat Speaker, Tan Sri Azhar Azizan Harun, to debate the issues surrounding the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) chief’s recent stock-trading controversy.

The Parti Amanah Negara (Amanah) MP took to Twitter to announce that he had filed the motion under parliamentary Standing Order 18(1) (2), against MACC head honcho, Tan Sri Azam Baki.

“This morning, January 6, 202, on behalf of the people of Malaysia, I took the responsibility of bringing up the issue of the highly suspicious share ownership by the top MACC official. I have sent an emergency motion under order 18 (1) (2) to the Dewan Rakyat Speaker,” Salahuddin tweeted.

In his letter to Azhar, Salahuddin said that the matter must be hastened as it is a matter of public interest and allowed for debate a day after Parliament’s opening on March 1, which will be officiated by the Yang di-Pertuan Agong Al-Sultan Abdullah Ri’ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah.

Emergency motions must meet three criteria before being considered for a debate in the August House: They are of public importance, urgent, and on a specific topic.

“This matter has to be expedited to urge the Anti-Corruption Advisory Board (LPPR) to conduct a detailed investigation into the allegation that the MACC chief commissioner owns an excessive amount of shares as reported by mainstream media.

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“And this is a matter of public interest to restore the public’s confidence in the MACC to prevent corruption, and/or all activities which lead to breach of trust, whereby the government has a responsibility to answer this matter,” Salahuddin said in his motion.

Meanwhile, Parti Amanah Negara’s (Amanah) Youth wing and national mobilisation bureau will submit a memorandum to the Yang di-Pertuan Agong on Friday (Jan 7) regarding the question of Azam’s integrity.

Amanah Youth chief Mohd Hasbie Muda said the wing was not satisfied with the explanation given by Azam during his press conference on Wednesday (Jan 5).

“The government must take immediate action to ensure one of the most important institutions that uphold integrity, which is the MACC, must continue to be respected.

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“Or else we will be a laughing stock (among) the other nations,” he said when contacted on Thursday (Jan 6).

The wing will submit the memorandum to Istana Negara at 3pm Friday.