Malaysia Parliament approved a motion compelling all lawmakers, their spouses and children to declare their assets

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KUALA LUMPUR, July 1 — The Malaysian Dewan Rakyat (parliament) yesterday unanimously approved a motion compelling MPs, including the opposition, their spouses and children, to declare their assets, even though the opposition parties the PAS and Barisan Nasional (BN) MPs strongly objected to it.

The motion passed through a voice vote which was called at the end of long debate session and heated arguments on the motion between the ruling party and the opposition.

“There are no voices which disagreed, the motion is approved unanimously,” Dewan Rakyat Speaker Datuk Mohamad Ariff Md Yusof said.

All Pakatan Harapan MPs unanimously supported the motion, while the PAS and BN MPs objected.

PAS claimed that there was no declaration of assets in Islam.

“Islam discourages the act of displaying wealth,” PAS deputy president Datuk Tuan Ibrahim Tuan Man said, citing a Hadith (the Prophet Muhammad saying) : “If God gives you wealth, do not display it, as there will be many who will scrutinise it.”

“The country has law and acts enough to control all income received every year to the Inland Revenue Board. So there is no need for this special motion,” he added.

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