KUCHING: Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS) parliamentary chief whip Datuk Seri Fadillah Yusof has denied that GPS members of parlliament had failed to declare their assets as required, after a special motion mandating all MPs to declare their assets was approved in the Dewan Rakyat on July 1.
Fadilah in a press statement yesterday said a recent report in a national daily accusing GPS MPs of failing to declare their assets, was not true.
“A total of 12 GPS MPs have already declared their assets while the rest have requested for extension of time from the Speaker of the Dewan Rakyat,” he said.
The Petra Jaya MP said the 12 GPS MPs submitted their asset declaration documents to Dewan Rakyat Speaker Tan Sri Dato Mohamad Arif Md Yusof, and forwarded another copy to Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) chief commissioner Latheefa Koya.
He added that nine of the MPs made the submission on Sept 30.
“The documents were submitted by hand and the Speaker’s office and the MACC’s chief commissioner had confirmed the receipt of such documents,” said Fadillah.
He urged the national daily to clarify the matter with the Dewan Rakyat Speaker or the parties involved, instead of relying on MACC’s asset declaration website, which still indicated that oppositions MPs had yet to declare their assets.
“The asset declaration website by MACC is the administrative matter of the agency but opposition MPs only have to submit their asset declaration documents to the Speaker with a copy to the MACC’s chief commissioner.”
Fadillah said GPS MPs have no issue in declaring their assets, pointing out that Sarawak was the first state government to sign a corruption-free pledge with MACC in January 2017.