Dewan Rakyat Speaker Cannot Make Ruling Not To Probe Former Ministers

Ronald Kiandee
Ronald Kiandee

KUALA LUMPUR – The Dewan Rakyat Speaker or his deputy cannot make a ruling to stop Inspector-General of Police, Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar from probing three former ministers for divulging government secrets.

Deputy Speaker of Dewan Rakyat, Datuk Seri Dr Ronald Kiandee said the police conduct their probe based on the reports received.

“I cannot make a ruling. The member for Bagan (Lim Guan Eng) urged me to make a ruling to stop the IGP. There is no such thing, the IGP does his job based on the rules. A probe comes after a report is made, it is up to the IGP.”

Kiandee said the immunity of every member of parliament (MP) is not absolute, as there are things which cannot be raised such as the Sedition Act.

Debating the Supply Bill 2017, Lim Guan Eng (DAP-Bagan) urged the Speaker to make a ruling to stop the police from probing former second finance minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Husni Hanadzlah who spoke on 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) in his speech on Budget 2017.

Earlier, Lim Kit Siang (DAP-Gelang Patah) questioned remarks by Dewan Rakyat Speaker, Tan Sri Pandikar Amin Mulia, that three former ministers had broken their pledge and oath of allegiance in the government and may be prosecuted under the Official Secrets Act (OSA) 1972.

He also questioned Pandikar Amin for failing to prevent, stop or urge Ahmad Husni to withdraw the remarks if the MP for Tambun was breaking the rules.

Former deputy prime minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin, former rural and regional development minister Datuk Seri Mohd Shafie Apdal and Ahmad Husni allegedly divulged government secrets while debating the Supply Bill 2017.