Only 27 out of 59 state assemblypersons in Perak have submitted their assets declaration forms to the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) before the Oct 23 deadline, said Perak Speaker Ngeh Koo Ham today.
In this regard, he called on the other 32 assemblypersons to do so as soon as possible to avoid action because the motion passed at the state legislative assembly could not be ignored.
“However, I will not disclose the names of those who have yet to submit” he told a press conference in Ipoh today.
On July 23, the Perak state assembly created history as the first state in the country to make it mandatory for all 59 assemblypersons and their immediate family, namely husband, wife or children to declare their respective assets in the statutory declaration in three months or by Oct 23.
The Perak state assembly has 59 state assemblypersons with 30 from Pakatan Harapan, namely, from DAP (18), Amanah (six), PKR (four) and Bersatu (two) and the rest were from BN (25), PAS (three) and Independent (one).
According to Ngeh, he will submit the assets declarations to the MACC by Nov 15 which would be published in their portal.
“I hope that those who have not completed the form will do so immediately to show transparency and that the incomes of the state assemblypersons are from halal sources with no elements of corruption or abuse of power,” he said.
He said all assemblypersons, from both the government and the opposition, needed to prepare the asset declaration form in two copies and to send them to the chief commissioner of the MACC and him for further action.
Meanwhile, Ngeh said the third meeting of the second session of the 14th Perak state legislative assembly would begin from Nov 15 with the presentation of the state 2020 Budget before the sitting on Nov 18 to 22. - Bernama
EDITOR'S NOTE: This story has been amended to remove a misquote concerning a request for MACC to extend its deadline.