MP: PAC chairman misread Standing Orders on making select committee hearing public

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Wong urged to apologise.

An MP has taken the chairman of the Public Accounts Committee to task for misleading the public by claiming that the Speaker of the Dewan Rakyat has the power to make parliamentary select committee (PSC) hearings public.

Puncak Borneo MP Willie Mongin urged PAC chairman Wong Kah Woh to apologise to the Speaker and to the public.

He said Wong had “added salt and pepper” in his interpretation of Standing Order 90 (2) – “or lacks the comprehension for interpreting it properly” by claiming that the Speaker had the power to suspend Standing Orders regarding select committee meetings.

“I read with sheer amazement how an MP from the opposition was able to misread a Standing Order, or pretend to misread the Standing Order, in order to mislead the public,” said Mongin.

He said that Standing Order 90(2) “clearly does not give the Speaker any discretion to suspend the Standing Orders relating to the PSC, nor does it give the Speaker the right to initiate the suspension of such Standing Orders”.

He said that in order for a rule to be suspended, an MP must first raise a question in the Dewan Rakyat that the Speaker has the discretion to put to a vote on the floor.

He urged Wong, who is MP for Ipoh Timur, to apologise. – FMT