Kula wants to cite Halimah to Rights and Privileges Committee over Mitra funds

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An Opposition lawmaker wants to cite National Unity Minister Datuk Halimah Mohamed Sadique to the Parliament’s Rights and Privileges Committee for allegedly misleading the Dewan Rakyat relating to the issue of the Malaysian Indian Transformation Unit (Mitra) funds.

M Kula Segaran (PH-Ipoh Barat) said Halimah had told the Dewan Rakyat on Nov 17 that she would brief MPs over the disbursements of the funds, meant for the poor in the Indian community.

Following that commitment, Kula Segaran said that Opposition lawmakers did not raise the matter further as she had promised to have another discussion with them.

The Dewan is scheduled to adjourn sine dine on Monday (Dec 20) until the next meeting next year.

“When a minister makes such a promise, it must be implemented, but today is the last day of the meeting,” he said.

In November, Halimah had clashed with Opposition MPs over the alleged misuse of Mitra funds and said that she could not divulge any further details due to the ongoing Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) probe.

In October, the MACC arrested 16 company directors in large-scale operations across the Klang Valley over suspicions of misappropriating Mitra funds.

To this, Dewan Rakyat Speaker Tan Azhar Azizan Harun said Kula Segaran had to file a written notice to him in order to cite Halimah to the Rights and Privileges Committee.

“Actually YB, if you are serious about referring her, you need to file the notice of the motion.

“I need to look at the Hansard to check what she said before making any decisions.

“I cannot initiate the review just like that,” said the Speaker.