Wednesday, March 16, 2016

No more RM2.6b questions in Parliament due to Malaysian Bar court case

By Nuradzimmah Daim

KUALA LUMPUR: Questions on the RM2.6 billion donation from the Saudi royal family to Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak can no longer be posed in Parliament.

This is due to the ongoing court case between the Malaysian Bar, which had filed for a judicial review against Attorney-General Tan Sri Mohamed Apandi Ali seeking his removal.

Minister in the Prime Minister's Department Datuk Seri Azalina Othman Said, in announcing this today, said issues concerning the donation can no longer be debated in the House as it was sub judice.

“The government is committed to answering on any issue involving its accountability including the RM2.6 billion and SRC International.

“However, given the latest development, it can no longer answer the question in the parliament as it is subjected to Standing Order 23(1)(g) which states that any drafted question cannot be directed to any matter heard in court and any issue that is sub judice cannot be asked," she said.

 The Malaysian Bar had on Monday filed a judicial review at the High Court seeking for the removal of Apandi.

 Apandi had in January announced that Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak was cleared of financial wrongdoing in relation to the RM2.6 billion donation deposited by the Saudi royal family into his account.

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