It is coming to three months since Pakatan Harapan (PH) won the 14th general election (GE14) on May 9.
Since then, most of the new government’s focus has been on bringing to book those involved in the 1MDB scandal and the cancellation (and subsequent review) of mega projects.
But one matter which should, and could, have been done quite easily and quickly is the declaration of assets by PH members of parliament (MPs). Saifuddin Nasution Ismail, Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs Minister, said MPs had three months to declare their assets from the time they took the oath of office. But why three months?
Former Sungai Siput MP Dr Michael Jeyakumar says it should take only two weeks. He should know better as he had been voluntarily declaring his assets annually when he was an MP.
Hence, it isn’t clear why the need for a three-month deadline. PH had been harping on being accountable and transparent.