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KUALA LUMPUR: The police probe on former Finance Minister II Ahmad Husni Hanadzlah over his recent remarks on 1MDB in the Dewan Rakyat has been postponed to next week.

Husni was seen entering the Federal police headquarters in Bukit Aman at 2.15pm as he was scheduled to have his statement recorded by the police today. However, he came out 15 minutes later.

He told reporters police postponed today’s session to next week but that no specific date was given.

It was reported that Husni, along with his former Cabinet colleagues, Muhyiddin Yassin and Shafie Apdal, would be questioned by police over allegations of divulging confidential government information about 1Malaysia Development Bhd.

They had made critical remarks about 1MDB in the Dewan Rakyat, following which Parliament Speaker Pandikar Amin Mulia said they might have breached their oath of secrecy.

They are currently under investigation for allegedly breaking their oath of secrecy and breaching provisions under the OSA, for speaking on issues which they learnt of while in their respective ministerial posts.

Police reports were also lodged by two groups, Jaringan Melayu Malaysia and Sahabat N87 Federal Territory branch.

Lawyers, however, told FMT that parliamentary privilege that protects lawmakers from criminal and civil liability for what they say inside the Dewan Rakyat extends to offences under the Official Secrets Act (OSA).

In a report today, it was further stated police may have no grounds to act against the three former Cabinet ministers.

Civil liberties lawyer Syahredzan Johan told FMT, MPs and state assemblymembers are protected under parliamentary privileges.

“They (Muhyiddin, Shafie, and Husni) may have revealed some matters which were discussed in the Cabinet but that is more of an ethical offence, not a legal offence.”

 

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