PKR president Dato’ Seri Anwar Ibrahim said today that Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad’s rationale for maintaining Datuk Seri Dr Ronald Kiandee as the chairman of the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) should be considered.
TTF: However, this flies straight in the face of a manifesto pledge Pakatan Harapan made prior to the 14th general election.
According to the pledge, the post of PAC chairman would be given to an opposition federal lawmaker to help ensure that the government would remain transparent and accountable.
So you see, the question of “considering the Prime Minister’s explanation” does not even arise as the only option Mahathir has is to have Ronald replaced with someone from the opposition.
But then, this is the same Mahathir who told newsmen that ” that the manifesto wasn’t a bible that the coalition had to follow and abide by religiously.
That was on the 16th of July 2018.
Weeks later, he added that the pledges contained in the Buku Harapan were included thinking that the coalition would not be successful in toppling BN during the 14th general election.
“Many things that we put in the manifesto thinking we would be the opposition, but now we are the government. We are slow (in implementing pledges) because we are not used to being the government,” he said.
That’s coming from a man whose previous stint in government as Prime Minister stretched a good 22 years throughout the eighties and the nineties.
Today, his deputy in that government seems to support the idea that manifesto pledges aren’t to be taken seriously and is willing to “consider the Prime Minister’s explanation.”
And you thought that the Buku Harapan was your gateway to the land of salvation where pigs could fly and fairy godmothers existed.
KUALA LUMPUR: PKR president Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim says Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad’s rationale for maintaining Datuk Seri Dr Ronald Kiandee as the chairman of the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) should be considered.
Pakatan Harapan’s manifesto for the 14th General Election states that the post of PAC chairman should be held by an opposition federal lawmaker.
“I’m still bound to it (PH’s manifesto), but let’s listen to the prime minister’s explanation as well.
“I think we can discuss it again in detail and refer to the prime minister,” he said in Parliament today.
Anwar is leading the parliamentary caucus on reform and governance.
Kiandee who left Umno last year to become an independent lawmaker was accepted as a member of Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia last week.
On Saturday, Dr Mahathir said Kiandee would not need to step down because the PH manifesto was only a “policy and not institutionalised or part of the constitution”.
This move to retain Kiandee as the PAC chairman was opposed by PH leaders Hannah Yeoh and Nurul Izzah Anwar.