The United States Department (DOJ) civil suit alleging 1MDB funds misappropriation questions need not be answered in Parliament, said it’s speaker Pandikar Amin Mulia.
Making a ruling at Dewan Rakyat, Pandikar said the DOJ civil suit case is still in the American court, therefore it is ‘sub judice’ the minister has the right not to answer any questions related to the legal matter.
Earlier, Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department, Azalina Othman Said refused to answer questions related to 1MDB saying it was sub judice, even before Pandikar made a ruling.
DAP Gelang Patah lawmaker Lim Kit Siang proposed that a review should be allowed whether a matter discussed in foreign court is considered sub judice.
Fellow opposition law maker Gobind Singh Deo also asked the speaker whether he has read through the US court documents before calling the matter as sub judice.
Pandikar defended with his decision and advised the opposition lawmakers to table a private motion related to the matter.
He ensured a full written reply will be given to all MPs who questions on the DOJ case.
A civil suit was filed by DOJ alleging that 1MDB fund has been misappropriated.