by TMR / pic source: Parlimen Malaysia
THE Public Accounts Committee (PAC) proceedings on Covid-19 vaccine procurement continued, despite the police blockade at the Parliament’s entry yesterday.
PAC chairman Wong Kah Woh, however, said he was initially not allowed entry to the main building by the police, although he had a notice of the meeting.
He claimed that the police even threatened for his arrest if he did not leave within two minutes, until the parliamentary management intervened that eventually granted him access to the lower house.
The police had blocked all access leading to the Parliament yesterday, as the opposition lawmakers insisted to meet there, although the session was postponed indefinitely due to the detected Covid-19 cases last Thursday.
“I am upset with the police’s action which has failed to provide a safe access for me and the PAC members to the proceeding, together with the Health Ministry (MoH) that was scheduled at 10.30am,” Wong said in a statement.
“Although PAC members were eventually given passage after the intervention from the parliamentary management, such actions are ‘uncalled for’ and are a threat to our role as PAC members,” he said, adding that this contradicts the motion which instructed the IGP to guard entry and exit routes for MPs to attend any meeting at the Parliament.
It also contravenes Section 124 of the Penal Code, Wong said.
The PAC proceeding was also attended by Health Minister Datuk Seri Dr Adham Baba, MoH secretary general Datuk Mohd Shafiq Abdullah, Health DG Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah and National Pharmaceutical Regulatory Authority director Dr Roshayati Rusli.
Meanwhile on the PAC proceedings, Wong said the committee will discuss its report and submit conclusions as well as recommendations to the government on this issue before the Parliament session in October.