Masing didn't commit breach of privilege - Speaker

Goh Pei Pei

PETRA JAYA: Deputy Chief Minister Tan Sri James Jemut Masing did not commit breach of privilege in delivering speeches on the proposed Second Trunk Road project during the State Legislative Assembly (DUN). Therefore, he shall not be referred to the Committee of Privileges, said Sarawak Legislative Assembly (DUN) Speaker Datuk Amar Mohamad Asfia Awang Nassar. “I have received an application for leave and notice dated on Aug 24 from Batu Lintang assemblyman See Chee How to refer Masing, who is also the Infrastructure Development and Transportation minister, to the Committee of Privileges,” he said. The notice alleged that Masing had made three speeches of different versions on the Second Trunk Road project. The allegation, Asfia said, was that the deputy chief minister has misled the DUN because of the inconsistency in his speeches on Nov 16, last year, as well as July 17 and Aug 21. The Speaker was speaking to the reporters at a press conference at DUN complex here on Wednesday. Masing’s first statement at the DUN sitting on Nov 16, 2017 was on the proposed Second Trunk Road project - the initial concept of the preliminary line - from Kuching to Sibu. His second speech at the DUN sitting on July 17, 2018 was the finalised scope of the proposed project after the value assessment laboratory. His latest statement quoted and reported in an online portal was a route from Kota Samarahan to Sibu only. “After studying the three speeches carefully, I’m of the considered view that no breach of Privilege has been committed by the Deputy Chief Minister,” said Asfia.

The subject matter, he said, namely, the Second Trunk Road project as well as all the details mentioned in the speeches are substantially, fundamentally and materially the same. © New Straits Times Press (M) Bhd