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KUCHING, Nov 30: Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS) parliamentary whip chief Datuk Seri Fadillah Yusof has rubbished reports that its members of parliament have failed to declare their assets.
The Petra Jaya MP said GPS lawmakers have no problem in declaring their assets and properties. In fact, the Sarawak government was the first to sign the Corruption-Free Pledge (IBR) with the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) in January 2017.
He added that the state-ruling GPS coalition also welcome recommendation from the Governance, Integrity and Anti-Corruption Centre (GIACC) for all parliamentary members to declare their assets.
“Even the chief minister, Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg, has instructed all GPS parliamentary members to declare their property.
“GIACC and the MACC was also invited to the parliament to give briefing on the property declaration to GPS MPs,” Fadillah said in a press statement.
He was responding to a Malay language national daily report on Friday (Nov 29), which stated GPS MPs had failed to declare their properties.
Fadillah said 12 GPS members of parliament have declared their assets, while the others have requested an extension from the Dewan Rakyat speaker.
He said the property declaration of the 12 GPS lawmakers have been handed over to the Dewan Rakyat speaker Tan Sri Datuk Mohamad Arif Mohd Yusof, and the copy was also given to MACC chief Latheefa Koya.
“This include nine others who submitted their property declaration on Sept 30, 2019,” he said.
He added that the document was hand delivered to the speaker’s office and the MACC chief also confirmed that they have received the document, which is similar to the one stamped on the copy.
“The reporter should have sought confirmation regarding the matter with the Dewan Rakyat speaker and refer to the party instead of making a report base on portal source.
“The MACC declaration of property portal is under the management of MACC, and non-government parliamentary members only need to send their declaration to the Dewan Rakyat speaker, and the copy to MACC,” Fadillah said. – DayakDaily