Tuesday, December 10

Two Sarawak MPs named as Parliament’s PAC members


Willie Mongin and Robert Lawson Chuat

KUCHING: Two Sarawak MPs have been named as among the 12 members of Parliament’s Public Accounts Committee (PAC).

The Star Online listed Willie Mongin (PH-Puncak Borneo) and Robert Lawson Chuat (PBB-Betong) as among the members of the PAC.

The national daily stated that eight rep­re­sen­ta­tives from Pakatan Hara­pan, two from Barisan Na­sional, and one each from PAS and Parti Pe­saka Bu­mi­put­era Ber­satu (PBB) will sit in the com­mit­tee.

Besides Willie and Lawson, the other 10 PAC members named were Wong Chen (PH-Subang), Mus­limin Ya­haya (PH-Sun­gai Be­sar), Hasanud­din Mohd Yunus (PH-Hulu Lan­gat), Ak­mal Nas­rul­lah Mohd Nasir (PH-Johor Baru), Wong Hon Wai (PH-Bukit Ben­dera), Steven Choong Shiau Yoon (PH-Te­brau), Wong Shu Qi (PH-Klu­ang), Datuk Seri Ah­mad Hamzah (BN-Jasin), Datuk Dr No­raini Ah­mad (BN-Parit Su­long) and Datuk Takiyud­din Has­san (PAS-Kota Baru)

The Star un­der­stood that Dr No­raini’s name was sug­gested as a re­place­ment.

“Ini­tially, Rompin (Datuk Seri Hasan Arifin from Umno) was pro­posed but he de­clined the ap­point­ment, so Dr No­raini’s name was sug­gested,” the national daily quoted a source as saying.

Hasan was the for­mer PAC chair­man while Dr No­raini is Wanita Umno chief.

PAC is re­spon­si­ble for scru­ti­n­is­ing the Gov­ern­ment’s fi­nances and the ap­pro­pri­a­tion of the sums granted by Par­lia­ment for pub­lic ex­pen­di­ture.

Ear­lier this week, Par­lia­ment elected Datuk Seri Dr Ron­ald Kiandee as PAC chair­man, the first Op­po­si­tion law­maker ap­pointed to the post. Kiandee, who is Umno’s Belu­ran MP, was the for­mer deputy speaker.