PAC first before RCI, says Nurul Izzah

Shamsul Munir Safini

PERMATANG PAUH: Many methods can be employed to determine wrongdoings in decisions made on large-scale projects, including the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) under Parliament, and not necessarily through a Royal Commission of Inquiry (RCI).

PKR vice-president Nurul Izzah Anwar said the Pakatan Harapan (PH) government employed the arbitration approach in all large-scale projects, in this case, the East Coast Rail Link (ECRL) project and the Singapore-Kuala Lumpur High Speed Rail (HSR) project.

She said this when asked on her reponse to former prime minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak’s call for a RCI on the three China-linked projects approved during his administration.

These included the ECRL, and the two Strategic Energy Resources (SSER) pipeline projects.

He had said the government should initiate the RCI to determine “if there was wrongdoing”, and the people deserved to know if the decision to cancel the projects was based on reasonable and solid grounds, and not made out of anger towards the previous Barisan Nasional (BN) government or China which had refused to bow to PH’s demands.

Nurul Izzah who is Permatang Pauh MP said the PAC was a good avenue as it is headed by the opposition bloc.

“From the PAC, we can look into all aspects, including wrongdoings, increase in cost and many others. Also, the PAC will take a shorter time compared to the RCI.

“If all avenues have been exhausted, then maybe we can use the RCI, but priority should be given to the mediums under Parliament first,” she said.

She added that large-scale projects, including the 1Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB), had not been detailed out comprehensively, leading to all sorts of issues.

She stressed that any government decisions were based on merit to ensure public funds were not sacrificed as well as to look into the needs of the respective projects.

“As such, we need a body which is easier to manage, efficient and concrete,” she said when met at the Jamuan Korban Kesyukuran organised by Yayasan MyPrihatin in Guar Perahu this afternoon.

On a separate matter, Nurul Izzah said she appreciated the views of PKR Youth chief Nik Nazmi Nik Ahmad, who said that the conditions set by the PKR Election Committee this time around was impractical.

She said she would use the internal channel within the party to raise the matter.

“There are new rules set for campaigning during the party elections which is impractical and not easy to be done.

“We must be mindful that PKR is the first party to use the direct voting system in this party elections, which is seen as challenging,” she said.

Elaborating on her campaign, Nurul Izzah said she would mobilise it as soon as possible as her schedule had been extremely packed.

“I need to inform the members about my ideas and mission,” she said. © New Straits Times Press (M) Bhd