Lawmakers who used to be Cabinet members but now attack the government from behind the shield of parliamentary immunity are not “gentlemen”, Dewan Rakyat Speaker Tan Sri Pandikar Amin Mulia said today.
“When a former minister revealed matters during his time in the Cabinet…. it could bring serious consequences to the standing of prime minister in the government.
“If they were gentlemen, why didn’t they speak out when they were in the Cabinet? They could have disagreed and resigned then,” he told reporters at the Parliament lobby.
He was asked to comment on former ministers Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin, Datuk Seri Husni Hanadzlah and Datuk Seri Shafie Apdal who allegedly breached their ministerial oath by divulging details on Cabinet meetings pertaining to 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) in the ongoing Dewan Rakyat sitting.
By convention, no minister should disclose government secrets even after they have left the Cabinet, Pandikar said, adding that those who disagreed with the collective decision should resign then, but must still abide by their confidentiality oath.
“As parliamentary representatives with dignity, we should not be hiding behind immunity just to bring our personal agenda,” he said.
The Sabah federal lawmaker also said his efforts to introduce parliamentary reforms were not being taken seriously as some MPs, especially in the Opposition, continued to criticise him for it instead of extending their co-operation.
Muhyiddin was deputy prime minister and in charge of education while Shafie last held the rural and regional development portfolio when they were dropped from their ministerial posts following a Cabinet reshuffle last year.
Husni was until recently the second finance minister and a government spokesman for 1MDB.
Husni is still with the Barisan Nasional while Muhyiddin and Shafie have since left Umno and founded their own political parties opposing the ruling coalition.
Source : KAMLES KUMAR@The Malay Mail Online