MPs: Azam could be in contempt of Parliament for declining special meeting

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PSC members object to postponed Azam hearing.

Four MPs from the nine-member Parliamentary Select Committee (PSC) have accused Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) chief Tan Sri Azam Baki of being in contempt of Parliament following the indefinite postponement of a special meeting looking into the stock-trading scandal.

The four – Sepanggar MP Datuk Azis Jamman, Kota Kinabalu MP Chan Foong Hin, Kota Melaka MP Khoo Poay Tiong and Selayang MP William Leong – said it was unacceptable for Azam to decline testifying before the PSC for Agencies under the Prime Minister’s Department.

“The issue should have not been trivialised by a letter from Parliament, stating that the scheduled meeting had to be postponed as the matter had to be referred to the Parliament Legal Advisor’s Office.

“Matters such as reference terms and the witness list can be discussed and decided upon,” added the four.

The four also said the PSC’s duty is to determine whether there are effective mechanisms when it comes to investigations and disciplinary action on an issue.

“Aside from that, the Parliament’s prerogative to summon witnesses to testify is in line with the Houses of Parliament (Privileges and Powers) Act 1952, and Azam is clearly in contempt of Parliament when he blatantly disregards Parliamentary calls.”

The four also cited the PSC for agencies under the prime minister’s department chairman Abdul Latiff Abdul Rahman’s decision to postpone the special meeting and stated their objection against Abdul Latiff, who’s Kuala Krai MP.

“According to him (Abdul Latiff), Azam had responded, saying that the special meeting went against Parliament’s Standing Orders.

“Among issues raised by Azam was that filed a civil suit for defamation against a journalist and therefore no one is allowed to discuss facts of the case or to comment on it, as it could be subjudice.”

The four also said that Azam had stated that the Securities Commission (SC) and the MACC’s complaints committee was currently investigating the matter.

“Azam claimed that if his nature and conduct were to be discussed, then it should have been brought through a Parliament motion, not through PSC,” they said.

“We do not agree with the excuses given by Azam,” added the four.

The controversy involved substantial amounts of shares bought from Gets Global Bhd and Excel Force MSC Bhd between 2015 and 2016 when Azam was the MACC director of investigations. – The Star

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