6 May 2019
KUALA LUMPUR, May 5 — Former Parliament Speaker Tan Sri Pandikar Amin Mulia has “come out of the woodwork” after abandoning Umno but is still denying the reality of the 1MDB scandal, DAP’s Lim Kit Siang said.
Commenting on Pandikar’s appearance in the PBS campaign for the Sandakan by-election, the Iskandar Puteri MP noted that the former asked voters in Pulau Berhala if they have even heard of the 1MDB scandal.
Lim categorised Pandikar’s remarks as the continuation of his dereliction while the latter had been “Datuk Seri Najib Razak’s 1MDB Speaker of Parliament”.
“The 13th Parliament could have performed its patriotic duty to save Malaysia from being condemned by the world as a global kleptocracy, but you stood in the way and did Najib’s every bidding.
The DAP leader also reminded Pandikar that he was among those who quit Umno Sabah and had pledged allegiance to the Pakatan Harapan (PH) federal government and Warisan state government in Sabah.
Lim said that while Pandikar’s word did not mean anything, the latter should at least begin giving some thought to the damage wrought on Malaysia by the 1MDB scandal.
According to press reports, Pandikar told residents in Pulau Bersatu that issues such as the 1MDB corruption scandal made little difference to their lives compared to the previous Barisan Nasional government’s now-discontinued Bantuan Rakyat 1Malaysia (BR1M).
While he had been the Speaker of Parliament, Pandikar routinely rejected motions to discuss 1MDB after saying that, among others, the issue ended when the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) concluded its inquiry.
The Petaling Jaya South MP at the time, Hee Loy Sian, tried to sue Pandikar for “unlawful” conduct because of the continued rejections in 2017 but the courts rejected this.
The Sandakan by-election is on May 11.
KOTA KINABALU: Deputy Prime Minister Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail has hit back at former Dewan Rakyat speaker Pandikar Amin Mulia over his remarks that the 1MDB scandal made little difference to people in Sandakan.
Wan Azizah said while this was more of a national issue, people in Sabah have nonetheless been affected by “the biggest scandal in the world”.
“We have a debt and deficit in our budget which could have been used for Sabah, for Sandakan.
“So what do you mean by irrelevant? He was in the government, ask him.
“By saying that, does it absolve him of the problem of what happened because of 1MDB? It’s not the right thing to say — it’s a lot of money,” she said to reporters during her trip to Sandakan to show support for DAP’s Vivian Wong.
Pandikar had earlier, during a Parti Bersatu Sabah event at Pulau Berhala, off Sandakan, said Pakatan Harapan kept harping on the 1MDB issue during the campaign despite it being irrelevant to the daily lives of people in Sandakan.
DAP’s Lim Kit Siang had also slammed Pandikar for the remarks, which the former described as being in denial of the reality of the 1MDB scandal.