Pakatan wants PAC probe into Felda’s low funds
By Clara Chooi July 02, 2010
KUALA LUMPUR, July 2 — Pakatan Rakyat (PR) will push for a Public Accounts Committee (PAC) probe into Felda’s controversial finances, hoping to prove allegations that the government had mishandled the authority’s dwindling funds.
The move appears to be the latest attempt by the coalition to shore up its support from rural Malay voters living in Felda settlements, which have always been seen as an impenetrable Barisan Nasional fortress.
Petaling Jaya Utara MP Tony Pua confirmed with The Malaysian Insider that he would personally raise the matter when the committee sits for its meeting next week.
“I am confident that the other members of the committee will agree to begin investigations into the issue. It is of national interest,” he said when contacted yesterday.
Pua, who is also a PAC member, said there were many questions raised over Felda’s low cash reserves that needed to be answered.
“I am sure the other members will agree that the PAC should put this matter on its list of priorities. The issue has been discussed and argued over by so many parties. It is time to put those arguments to rest,” he said.
When contacted, PAC chairman Datuk Seri Azmi Khalid told The Malaysian Insider that if the issue were to be raised in the meeting, the committee members would decide on whether to present it as a part of its agenda.
“We will give fair consideration and if the members feel this is an issue of national interest, we will initiate a probe into it,” he said.
For the complete article, read it on The Malaysian Insider here.