BY ERMIZI MUHAMAD
KUALA LUMPUR, JUL 27: Minister in Prime Minister’s Department (JPM), Datuk Seri Azalina Othman is described as the worst cabinet minister under the current administration.
Seremban Member of Parliament, Anthony Loke said, the Umno Minister fails to carry out Parliamentary functions effectively.
He said that following Azalina’s action which seemed to be deliberately rejecting any question by opposition Parliamentary Members in Parliament regarding the Prime Minister, Datuk Seri Najib Razak.
“Azalina is the worst minister compared to the previous JPM minister, Datuk Seri Shahidan Kassim. Under Azalina, all questions pertaining to the prime minister will not be answered at all in Parliament.
“If you do not want to answer any question, it is better to quit,” he said in a media conference this morning.
Earlier in the Dewan Rakyat, Loke had asked Azalina verbally, as the minister in charge, to clarify the amount spent by the ministry to organise the Prime Minister’s Aidilfitri Open House last June 25.
However, Azalina in a written response did not state the actual amount spent on the event.
On the contrary, the Pengerang Member of Parliament only explained that the expenditure was according to the eligibility of the event under the Parliamentary Members’ Act (Remuneration) 1980.
The minister said that, all expenses were approved by Finance Ministry and the event was organised moderately according to the Malaysian Treasury Circular PB3.1.
Anthony said that was not the first time a member of parliament did not provide a comprehensive answer when the second question regarding the 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) was also unanswered.
“This is a very bad ‘trend’ in Parliament and becoming increasing worse compared to the previous minister. Clearly the current situation is slowly eroding the role of Parliament under Najib and this minister,” he said.
BY ERMIZI MUHAMAD