The DAP Strategist and MP for Pedaling Jaya Utara Tony Pua had his face egged again when he had to be reminded through social media by fellow Parliamentary Public Accounts Committee (PAC) MP for Simpang Renggam Liang Teck Meng to stop the using the PAC as his political theatre and work together, as representative of the rakyat.
WHAT IS THE POINT OF HOLDING A PAC INQUIRY IF THE TRUTH CAN BE CONCLUDED JUST BASED ON PUBLICLY AVAILABLE INFORMATION?
Press statement by Liang Teck Meng, member of PAC Parliament.
YB Tony Pua seems to have forgotten that it is not only me who is asking you to be careful with your words and not bring the Parliament PAC into disrepute.
After YB Nur Jaslan had stepped down in July and before new PAC Chairman Hassan Arifin took over, your fellow DAP YB and PAC Co-Chairman, also reminded YB Tony to be careful of what he said and I quote:
““If you do not have any evidence to back (it) up, then, do not raise the issue. “If there is an allegation, the person needs to prove it,”
And YB Tan gave you this piece of wisdom which I hope you will never forget again: The “PAC is all about establishing the truth.
Was your DAP YB Tan also “polishing apples” when he similarly criticized you then?
YB Tony Pua seems to have had a momentary lapse in memory. I hope it is not permanent. He seems to have forgotten what he wrote on New Year’s Day.
It was clear from his post which I had criticized in my statement yesterday that YB Tony did not merely “speak up” or criticized 1MDB but he had already made a judgement that “crooks” have caused “tens of billions of public money to be lost”.
And in reply to my statement, he had arrived on that conclusion based on public information.
I am puzzled on where he got his evidence from public information that “tens of billions have been lost due to crooks”. Did he base it on the audited reports or did he read Sarawak Report and arrived at that conclusion?
And if we can draw conclusions based on Public Information then what is the purpose of holding a PAC inquiry?
YB Tony needs to understand that the inquiry onto 1MDB was held precisely to find out the truth behind the allegations made by the public media.
If we can come to a conclusion based on public information then there would be no need for a PAC inquiry and there is no need for YB Tony to waste his precious time in the many sessions of the PAC inquiry.
We might as well disband the PAC and sit at home to read anonymous blogs such as Sarawak Report if it has become acceptable practise to come to a conclusion based on “public information”.
As a member of the PAC, I have invested much of my time on these proceedings and I do not want my fellow PAC members to bring the entire PAC and Parliament into disrepute while the rest of us are intent on reaching a final conclusion based on actual facts, evidence and witness interviews – and not on “public information”.
Is this so hard for YB Tony to understand? Is it that hard for YB Tony to work with the rest of us to collectively come out with a proper fact-based conclusion instead of undermining the credibility of our entire team and process with his unproductive and politically-motivated statements?
There is really no point making hundreds of statements if the majority of them are politically-motivated that is not based on actual facts. It adds to the noise and confusion and not on the truth.
For YB Tony Pua to react to my statement this way further reinforces the growing public belief that, despite multiple warnings including from his fellow DAP YB in the PAC, YB Tony Pua’s continued wild accusations his dirty political game.
Again, I plead with you: Please stop continuing to try to get yourself sacked from the PAC to manipulate public perceptions and bring the PAC and Parliament into disrepute.
Please stop playing games. It is unfair to the rest of us on the PAC and to the public.
Liang Teck Meng,
Member of Parliament for Simpang Renggam,
Member of the Parliament’s Public Accounts Committee.
Pua, was quick to react with the excuse of “Exposing crooks” despite highly respected DAP respected MP for Kepong Tan Seng Giaw and co-Chair of PAC apprehended Pua for his unsubstantiated political theatrics riding on the 1MDB investigation currently being heard by the PAC.
The Star story:
Monday, 4 January 2016 | MYT 12:21 PM
1MDB: Tony Pua responds to Liang Teck Meng’s allegation
BY TAN YI LIANG
PETALING JAYA: Tony Pua has responded to Gerakan secretary-general Liang Teck Meng over his call for an MP to stop playing “disgusting dirty politics” and focus on evidence-based investigations on 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB).
“What is wrong with wanting to ‘expose the crooks’ behind the multi-billion ringgit scam behind 1MDB which has resulted in tens of billions of ringgit of taxpayers losses,” said Pua in a press statement on Monday.
The Petaling Jaya Utara MP said that this was not the first time that Liang has told him off for speaking out on 1MDB.
“Liang, who is also the Member of Parliament for Simpang Renggam, who is never heard raising issues which matter to the man-on-the-street, has been impressively first-off-the-mark to criticise me whenever I comment on 1MDB recently,” said Pua.
Pua added that Liang has claimed that he was trying to deliberately get himself suspended from the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) by speaking up on the issue.
Both Pua and Liang are PAC members.
In his statement, Pua added that he never breached the Parliamentary Standing Orders, which states that the information provided by the relevant parties privy to the PAC is not allowed to be disclosed before tabling in Parliament.
He said that the Standing Orders did not gag PAC members when it came to information that was already in the public domain.
“I’ve spoken in the past on the National Feedlot Corporation, KLIA2 and even the 1MDB scandals even as the PAC investigated them without any issues. Even the former PAC chairman put it on record that I’ve been very disciplined when issuing statements,” said Pua.
On Sunday, Liang said he had read a statement by one of his fellow committee members on New Year’s Day and was stunned.
Alhough he did not expressly identify the “Yang Berhormat”, it is believed that Liang was referring to fellow PAC member and Opposition MP Tony Pua.
Liang went on to say that no sane person would try to prejudice and dishonour himself and the PAC in such a manner unless he had a hidden political agenda that was not based on the truth or on factual evidence.
Pua should be able to show a little more maturity and behave less arrogant, out of respect as a member of a very exalted body of public enquiry considering that he has no other appropriate choice but to maintain decorum.
Slightly more than three months ago in the centre of contentious allegations and rumours about 1MDB which was still under PAC and Auditor General’s investigation, Dr Tan demanded that a full enquiry be instituted after leaked documents privy to the PAC hearing found its way to foreign media.
The Star story:
Wednesday, 23 September 2015 | MYT 11:51 PM
Dr Tan should demand full enquiry into leaked PAC documents, says 1MDB
KUALA LUMPUR: Public Accounts Committee (PAC) deputy chairman Dr Tan Seng Giaw should demand a full and transparent enquiry on how confidential PAC documents on 1Malaysia Development Board (1MDB) landed in the hands of a foreign media publication, said 1MDB.
1MDB in a statement Wednesday said Dr Tan at the same time should advise Tony Pua, his party member who is also a member of PAC, that one should not say things based on hearsay or without evidence.
“1MDB welcomes this profound advice of the eight-term MP for Kepong as timely and wise, to seek proof before making accusations and to uphold the rule of law, that one is innocent until proven guilty.
“We trust Dr Tan will prescribe the same advice to his junior Tony Pua,” it said.
The statement added Pua’s claim to fame is recycling unproven allegations on 1MBD, but when answers are given and facts shared, he was proven wrong.
However, he (Pua) would ignore the facts, change the topic and wait quietly for the next sensationalist and unproven allegation, it added.
The statement was issued in response to Dr Tan’s advice that one “can’t say things based on hearsay” pertaining to the leaks on PAC’s confidential documents to the foreign media publication. His remarks were carried by a news portal Tuesday. – Bernama
It is unsure how Parliament as the legislative institution and PAC as a committee to Parliament would stomach Pua’s theatrics, which is getting old and no longer getting the attention which the Opposition crave in the strategy to demonise Prime Minister Dato’ Sri Mohd. Najib Tun Razak’s premiership and the Federal Government.
However, Pua is working on getting to be ‘victimised’ since the combined effort with fellow Opposition leaders, pro-Anwar media, foreign and Neo Con Jewish sponsored media working together in tandem to achieve the said objective, is dying out and fizzling away.