by HAJAR UMIRA MD ZAKI
THE Special Parliamentary Select Committee (PSC) on Human Rights, Election and Institutional Reform will call in the former Attorney-General Tan Sri Idrus Harun and current Attorney-General Datuk Ahmad Terrirudin Mohd Salleh to explain regarding the corruption case involving Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi (picture).
It was confirmed by its chairman, Selayang MP William Leong Jee Keen during the Special Meeting at the Dewan Rakyat, today.
“I, as the chairman of the committee, have issued a statement that the committee will hold proceedings.
“The media statement has been released and this will let the public know and we will table the report after the investigation is complete,” he told Dewan Rakyat today.
During the debate of the 12th Malaysian Plan (12 MP) Midterm Review today, Leong remarked on the matter after Arau MP Datuk Seri Shahidan Kassim raised the topic of the discharge not amounting to acquittal (DNAA) of Zahid.
The topic led to the Kota Melaka MP, Khoo Poay Tiong to question Shahidan for not knowing the current update despite him being the member of the committee as well.
“We have agreed and decided to call in the Attorney General to explain the issue of DNAA and Arau (Shahidan) is the member of the committee.
“He knew we will call the Attorney General to explain the proceedings but still wanted to raise this issue in the Parliament,” he said.
Previously, media reported that Zahid, who is also the Umno president, was freed from all the corruption charges and was granted DNAA by the High Court.
The decision, made right before the AG transition between Idrus and Terrirudin sparked controversy, as the Oppositions and public slammed the Unity Government led by Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim – accusing political interference.
The Prime Minister however had denied the matter as AG have the discretion to solve the matter and the government did not have a hand in the decision.
Perikatan Nasional Youth had announced a rally to protest the decision on Sept 16.
Meanwhile, two political parties – Muda and Parti Sosialis Malaysia (PSM) demanded that Zahid step down as deputy prime minister until his Yayasan Akalbudi case is resolved, and also threatened to hold a demonstration if the AG does not charge Zahid again for the same case within five days.
Muda previously announced its sole MP – president Syed Saddiq Syed Abdul Rahman had left the government bloc, denying two-thirds majority of the Unity Government.