Malaysian parliament speaker Pandikar Amin Mulia has defended his decision on matters related to Department of Justice (DOJ) suit as being “subjudice” and it’s final not to debate again.
Pandikar elaborated that he declared the debate as “subjudice” because the statements given by ministers while debating the issue in the parliament sitting “can influence the trial” in the United States.
“The replies given by the ministers can be used by lawyers in the trial.
“You keep asking me why a matter in the United States is declared subjudice here, well I can ask you back, why are you debating a matter from the US here?
“You must understand that the lawyers who are arguing the case can use the debates in parliament here to support their case and that can influence the trial.
“If I allow it to be debated which means the minister would have to answer and the answers would get coverage.
“It was never said that the subjudice rule is only applicable in your land,” Pandikar told in a press conference at the Parliament lobby today.
Gelang Patah MP Lim Kit Siang and Puchong MP Gobind Singh Deo on Monday, challenged Pandikar’s ruling and said it was unfair.
Pandikar stressed that when civil suit is pending, the law should be maintained in its full integrity and not allow any sort of other trial by the media or speculation besides the court.
“The only reason they ( Gobind and Lim ) still want to keep the matter alive is because it’s on 1MDB and that is not my concern.
“It is not my worry as the speaker and I don’t care about it.
“As far as I know the Public Accounts Committee has investigated and the report was tabled in parliament. So it is done and over,” he added.
In July, the DOJ filed civil lawsuits allegedly linking to 1MDB to investigate funds misappropriated.
An initiative under Kleptocracy Asset Recovery was launched by DOJ and FBI as to protect the US financial and banking system.