KUALA LUMPUR – Questions on Sarawak Chief Minister Tan Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud’s wealth and the Umno-owned Utusan Malaysia were among 28 questions from 17 opposition MPs rejected today. Two DAP MPs from Sarawak, Wong Ho Leng and Chong Chieng Jen, had earlier asked the government to explain if the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) has started investigating allegations on Taib’s property ownership overseas, as published on an anonymous website.
“My question is valid. I want to know if an investigation has started because of the report on the website,” said Chong when protesting the Parliament’s decision to reject the question.
“Why was the question rejected? Are we afraid of the CM?” he added.
Chong was citing reports by the anti-Taib website, Sarawak Report, which had revealed Taib’s alleged ties with companies owning multi-billion dollar properties in Canada, the US and the UK.
The website also alleged that Taib accumulated his wealth by abusing his position as the chief minister, a post he has held since 1981.
Meanwhile, Wong said the question was rejected as it was deemed a trivial matter.