Last Monday, three PAC committee members resigned in an attempt to protest the lack of appointment of opposition party members in the PAC (Public Account Committee).
Some info for the unfamiliar; the PAC is a parliamentary committee established to examine reports from the Auditor General of Malaysia. Then, PAC will come out with a critical review on how the government spent the allocated fund on public expenditure.
According to the Harapan Manifesto, the chairman of the PAC committee must be someone appointed from the opposition party. That failure to uphold the manifesto has caused controversy and distrust among the committee members.
PAC members resignations was kick-started by Nurul Izzah. Besides not fulfilling the manifesto, Nurul cited the failure of the traditional PAC structure as one of the contributing factors for her retirement from politics.
Following that, opposition leader Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob made a resignation announcement, revealing that Datuk Seri Ahmad Hamzah (BN, Jasin MP), Datuk Dr Noraini Ahmad (BN, Parit Sulong MP); and Datuk Takiyuddin Hassan (PAS, Kota Baru MP) will abandon their position in PAC due to the impartiality.
This matter sparked when the current chairman Datuk Seri Ronald Kiandee (Beluran MP) switched sides from BN to PH. It contradicted the manifesto, hence the protest.
As an aftermath, the current chairman said he is ready step down when the Prime Minister found a suitable replacement, asking the people to stop questioning the unfairness.
As of today, it was reported that the trio from the opposition have yet to submit their official resignation letters. Do they really have the intention to quit or is it just a scare tactic?