Government has no power to stop PAC investigations into 1MDB

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The Government has no power to stop any investigation by Parliament into 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB), says Datuk Abdul Rahman Dahlan (pic).

"Will the recent four appointments derail or stop the investigation altogether? The answer is absolutely not.

"Once it has started, it can only be stopped when the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) has made a conclusion and presented the same to the members of Dewan Rakyat.

PAC doesn't stop its function or investigation just because some of the MPs have ceased being members," said the Urban Wellbeing, Housing and Local Government Minister in a statement on Sunday.

He, however, added that the investigations would be delayed for about two months because parliament will convene again for the third sitting in early October and decide on the new PAC chairman and replacement members.

"There is also justification in the delay as well. With new revelation of forged documents by Sarawak Report and confession of individuals of conspiracy theories, it will be wise for PAC to wait until the dust settles," he said.

Abdul Rahman, who is also Barisan Nasional Strategic Communications Director, added that the appointment of PAC members to the Cabinet was not an attempt to delay investigations on 1MDB.

"The four appointees were appointed not because they were members of PAC, but in their capacity as Members of Parliament.

"They were chosen due to their abilities and position in their respective party," he said.

He said that he was sure the new PAC chairman would pick up from where former chairman Datuk Nur Jazlan Mohamed left off. "Above all, PAC should never be doubted as the kernel of truth in our parliament democracy," he added.