If the ex-cabinet trio who raised concerns about 1MDB are gentlemen, they should have voiced up while still in government, Dewan Rakyat speaker Pandikar Amin Mulia said today.
"If they are gentlemen, why didn't they say 'I don't agree' while they were in cabinet?" Pandikar asked at a press conference in the Parliament reception room.
He was commenting on the probe against former ministers Husni Hanadzlah, Muhyiddin Yassin and Shafie Apdal, who have been accused of breaking their ministerial oaths of secrecy when commenting on 1MDB while debating on Budget 2017.
Opposition lawmakers have cried foul at the probe, saying the three should be protected by parliamentary immunity.
However, Pandikar said he did not have the authority to order the police to halt the investigation, as some have asked him to.
He also said that it was not up to him to decide whether parliamentary immunity extended to the Official Secrets Act (OSA).
"Let the court decide... It is not my responsibility to interpret the constitution or statutes. I interpret the (House) Standing Orders," he said.
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