Deputy ministers join call for Kiandee’s resignation as PAC chief

Deputy ministers join call for Kiandee’s resignation as PAC chief

KUALA LUMPUR: Two deputy ministers have joined the chorus in calling for the resignation of parliamentary public accounts committee (PAC) chairman Ronald Kiandee position as the position should be held by the opposition.

Deputy Agriculture and Agro-based Industry Minister Sim Tze Tzin took to Twitter to make the call.

“As a crossover MP, he should have understood and accepted the PH manifesto and reform agenda.

“He was also a former deputy speaker. He understands institutions of Parliament and the principles behind why the opposition should chair the PAC.

“Therefore, the onus is on him to honour the PH manifesto to resign as the PAC chairperson. Please do the right thing, sir,” he said.

Deputy Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs Minister Chong Chieng Jen meanwhile also echoed similar sentiments in Sarawak.

“Based on our manifesto, the PAC chairman has to be from the opposition but, at the moment, no changes have been made.

“Attempts must be made to ensure the promise in our election manifesto is fulfilled,” he said when met at the state-level seminar on illicit beer here

Previously Nurul Izzah Anwar (Permatang Pauh – PH) quit the PAC due to her stance that the post must be held by the opposition.

Segambut MP Hannah Yeoh who is also Deputy Women, Family and Community Development Minister also have raised concerns over the same issue.

Kiandee had won the Beluran seat on Umno’s ticket in the 14th general election. He also took upon the PAC chairman position as an Umno MP.

Several months after the general election he was among the Sabah lawmakers who turned independent.  Recently the group of lawmakers joined Bersatu.

Kiandee meanwhile continues to hold the PAC chair with the blessings from Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad.

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