PAS: Islam is against asset declarations

PAS: Islam is against asset declarations

KUALA LUMPUR:  Islam is against declaration of wealth as it would risk security issues, claims PAS deputy president Datuk Tuan Ibrahim Tuan Man.

He cited from the Hadith, claiming that Prophet Muhammad had said that when God has given one wealth, it should not be declared in the public as people may get envious.

“Do not declare it to the public as they would be envious. The question of safety of the assets and individuals when we declare (assets) must be taken into account,” said Tuan Ibrahim.

Earlier today, Law Minister Datuk Liew Vui Keong tabled the motion to make it compulsory for all MPs, their spouses, children and trustees to declare their assets to the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC).

Under Section 3 of Act 783 and Section 199 of the Penal Code, any false declaration could potentially land the MP in jail for up to three years, with fine, under Section 193 of the Penal Code.

Tuan Ibrahim said the country has enough laws to monitor the assets of an MP, such as reporting their annual income to the Inland Revenue Board.

He added that PAS was conditionally opposed to the motion unless it becomes a legislation.

“If it is just a motion then there’s no point. We have to be smart when we table something in Parliament; we cannot be hasty about it.

“One must first study the implications and not be desperate about it, and later on retract it. This will show that we were not thorough on any issue. We need to be careful before we table something in Parliament,” said Kubang Kerian MP.

Tuan Ibrahim argued that opposition lawmakers did not have the power to award contracts like their counterparts in the ruling coalition.

Asked about those from the Barisan Nasional era, Tuan Ibrahim claimed that the coalition’s lawmakers then had declared their asses to the authorities at that time.

“They had declared their assets before, the information is there.

“When you are part of the government, you would have to declare and the information was available with the federal administration,” he said.

On related matter, fellow PAS MP Takiyuddin Hassan vowed that he will not declare his assets even if the motion becomes a law.

“I pledge that I will be the first (lawmaker) not to declare my asset,” said Takiyuddin, who is also PAS secretary-general.

BN MP Shahidan Kassim also stood up and said,” I will be the second.”

By G Vinod