Najib faces 3-month ban from Parliament over Felda white paper leak

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KUALA LUMPUR (April 11): Former prime minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak faces a three-month ban from Parliament for allegedly leaking parts of the Federal Land Development Authority (Felda) white paper that was tabled at Parliament yesterday.

He had purportedly published portions that covered the put option for Felda's acquisition of a 37% stake in PT Eagle High Plantations Tbk from PTRajawali Capital International, on his Facebook page on Tuesday (April 9) — before the embargo was lifted at 11.30am yesterday (April 10).

According to an order paper, he is in breach of Clause 95(A) of the Standing Orders of the Dewan Rakyat.

Earlier in the Dewan Rakyat, Datuk Seri Ahmad Maslan [BN-Pontian] argued that while the white paper was embargoed, the same instruction was not included in the same document that was uploaded on the Parliament's official website on April 9.

In response, Deputy Communications and Multimedia Minister Eddin Syazlee Shith responded that the ministry looks at the conduct of government staff seriously, but intentional action to leak such document by anyone outside of government is not under its purview.