IPOH – The government’s Bill compelling all federal lawmakers at both the Dewan Rakyat and Dewan Negara to declare their assets is due to the DAP’s influence, Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang claimed today.
The PAS president asserted that the asset declaration initiative was derived from communist and socialist philosophies — a system he claimed is practised by the DAP.
Hadi then said that while Islam does permit asset declaration, the practice depends on the situation.
“It depends on the situation. If a person has cases or accusations of corruption, money laundering and tax issue, then it is compulsory for the person to declare the assets.
“But if we know that the person doesn’t have any case, then it should not be made compulsory for them,” he said.
The Marang MP insisted that there is currently no law that empowers the Pakatan Harapan government to force the move on lawmakers.
As such, he demanded the government explain in detail their basis for their initiative.
He added that there were many other issues that should be given precedence compared to asset declarations.
“Actually, there are many other issues than the asset declaration, but since Pakatan Harapan failed to fulfil their promised manifesto so they are doing this to cover it,” he said.
Earlier this week, the government tabled a Bill that make it mandatory for MPs on both sides of the political divide, senators, their spouses and children below age 21 to declare their assets, failing which the errant lawmaker will be referred to the parliamentary rights and privileges committee for disciplinary action.
– Malay Mail
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PETALING JAYA: Anwar Ibrahim has criticised PAS for opposing the move to compel elected politicians to declare their wealth after the Islamist party’s president said asset declaration was a communist concept promoted by DAP.
The PKR president said PAS leaders should not be worried over the move if they had nothing to hide.
He said it was strange that PAS leaders who championed transparency “now seem to be frightened”.
“They are giving excuses that it is part of communism,” Anwar told reporters during an event in Negeri Sembilan.
Hadi reportedly said that declaring assets is a communist and socialist concept.
He said while socialism limits wealth, leaders in socialist countries are the richest.
Anwar reminded Hadi that wealth declaration is a must for politicians in Indonesia.
He said by declaring their wealth, politicians who abused their position would be exposed, including PAS leaders who have amassed land and projects in Perak, Kelantan and Terengganu.
“We will know if there is any abuse. That is the objective,” he said.
On July 1, the Dewan Rakyat approved a special motion compelling all MPs to declare their assets.
PAS and Umno MPs opposed the move, saying the government should instead amend corruption laws and make it compulsory for politicians to declare their wealth.