The ten MPs of the last session who had been cleared of corruption in ACA investigations into excessive allowance claims should be named publicly to remove perceptions of corruption

Media Conference Statement (3)
by Lim Kit Siang

(Parliament House, Thursday): The Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department, Datuk Seri Mohamed Nazri Abdul  Aziz told Parliament yesterday that ten of the 16 MPs investigated by the Anti-Corruption Agency (ACA) last year  for their RM10,000 monthly claims had been cleared, two have been charged while the remaining four are still being considered by the Attorney-General’s Chambers. 

The Prime Minister, Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi had said in Parliament the previous week that when someone under investigation is cleared of corruption, that fact will be made public.  This is only fair to the persons who had been investigated by the ACA, in order to remove the perception of their being involved in corruption. 

For this reason, I call on the relevant authorities to publicly and immediately name the ten MPs of the last session who had been cleared of corruption in the ACA investigations into excessive and corrupt claims of parliamentary allowances. 

This is particularly so as all the names of the 16 MPs concerned had been made public, viz:

1.      Mohd Apandi Mohamad (PAS – Jeli)

2.      Jawah Anak Gerang (BN - Lubuk Antu)

3.      Abdul Rahman Yusof (Keadilan – Kemaman)

4.      Kong Cho Ha (BN – Lumut)  

5.      Abdul  Fatah Harun (PAS - Rantau Panjang)

6.      Robert Lau Hoi Chew (BN – Sibu)

7.      Datuk Mastika Junaidah (BN  - Arau)

8.      Hoo Seong Chan (BN – Kluang)

9.      Lim Bee Kau (BN - Padang Serai)  

10.    Goh Kheng Huat (DAP - Nibong Tebal)  

11.    Mohd Yusof Mohd Nor (PAS –Machang)  

12.    Ramli Ibrahim (Keadilan - Kota Bharu)  

13.    Dr. Abu Bakar Othman (PAS – Jerlun)  

14.    Mohamed Nasir Che Daud (PAS - Kuala Krai)  

15.    Ronald Kiandee (BN – Beluran)  

16.    Jimmy Donald Lim  (BN – Sri Aman)

Two, namely Mohd Apandi Mohamad and Ramli Ibrahim, had been charged in court and awaiting trial to vindicate their reputation.  Of the remaining 14, two have become Deputy Ministers.  It is only fair and just that the ten who had been cleared of corruption  by the ACA should have their names announced publicly, and I call on the authorities concerned to ensure that this is immediately done.


* Lim Kit Siang, Parliamentary Opposition Leader, Member of Parliament for Ipoh Timor & DAP National Chairman