Sarawak CM and other state BN leaders should follow a proposal by the Selangor Speaker and declare their assets for transparency's sake, says Chong Chieng Jen of DAP Sarawak.
KUCHING: The Sarawak state assembly should take up a proposal made by Selangor state speaker Hannah Yeoh, for all state assemblymen to declare their assets.
Yesterday, Yeoh said a proposal, expected to be debated in the next sitting, was to ensure assets acquired by state assemblymen were in tandem with their earnings.
In supporting this proposal, Sarawak DAP leader Chong Chieng Jen said the move should also be implemented in Sarawak to foster a more transparent government.
“I call on the Sarawak state assembly, the Chief Minister (Adenan Satem) as well as the speaker (Awang Asfia Awang Nassar) to emulate this move by the Selangor speaker Hannah Yeoh,” Chong told reporters today.
“What Hannah Yeoh is doing is to extend it beyond the administration to the ordinary state assemblymen. I welcome this move. I call upon Adenan and Asfia to do likewise so that we can build on the government and the state assembly which is transparent and clean,” he added.
In 2012, Penang’s executive councillors were instructed by the DAP-controlled state government to make a public declaration of their assets.
The following year, all Pakatan Rakyat assemblymen in Penang were made to declare their assets.
However, the declaration did not cover the properties owned by the assemblymen’s spouses and children.
Opposition members from Barisan Nasional were however not made to declare their assets.
Chong said if the practice was to be carried out in Sarawak, it should apply to all elected representatives.
“I think all this while the focus has been on Ministers and Deputy Ministers because they are the ones who have the power to make decisions on government property and government assets,” Chong said.
“What Selangor is doing is to extend it (the declaration) beyond the administration to the ordinary state assemblyman.”
FreeMalaysiaToday August 2 ,2016