Friday October 5, 2012
Gag rule for PAC members
At the Dewan Rakyat
Reports by MAZWIN NIK ANIS, RAHIMY RAHIM and YVONNE LIM
PUBLIC Accounts Committee (PAC) members are not allowed to talk to the media on issues that have not been concluded and presented to the House, said Speaker Tan Sri Pandikar Amin Mulia.
He said this was intended to protect the rights and privileges of the House.
“Under rule 85 of the standing order, it clearly states the prohibition for anyone to give statements before they are tabled in Parliament,” he said in a letter addressed to PAC members.
He noted that it is the principle of the standing orders that a parliamentary select committee is “an extension of the Dewan Rakyat”, and it serves to represent the Parliament.
“It is the right and privilege of the Parliament to be informed first on any findings of a parliamentary select committee.
“Action will be taken as a preventative measure against any member who does not abide by the standing orders in this matter.
“This is to ensure that any statements given will be protected and not manipulated by any party,” he said.