Muar MP Syed Saddiq Syed Abdul Rahman today hit back at PKR Youth over his efforts for a debate on the littoral combat ship (LCS) scandal, saying those who were now calling for action against him were the same group who had wanted an urgent debate on the matter in Parliament before the general election last year.
He also said that the same group, without waiting for a debate and investigation into the project, had already said that they would arrest and send the main leaders involved in the scandal to prison.
"I'm not saying we should throw them in jail. I'm not bringing up such accusations.
"What I'm asking for is the proper due process, which is to hold this debate – the same issue demanded before the election," he said in a press conference at the Parliament building.
PKR Youth yesterday accused Syed Saddiq and his party Muda of "moving the goal post" and "continuously spreading misinformation and half-truths that discredit the government", after he said that his proposal for an emergency motion on the LCS project had been rejected by Dewan Rakyat Speaker Johari Abdul.
It also challenged Syed Saddiq's statement that Johari had said the issue was neither urgent nor of public interest, calling it "an attempt to divert from the real issue".
It said the matter should be examined and taken into account in the evaluation of Muda's application to join Pakatan Harapan.
Speaking today, Syed Saddiq questioned which parties were in fact "trying to move the goal post".
He also said that an explanation of the scandal could not be avoided as Malaysians were wise in assessing each arising issue.
"What more after the same issue was used during the campaign for the 15th general election last year," he added.
"We accused several key ministers who are now part of the government, saying we wanted to jail them.
"But when we want to find out more about this issue, we forget, we stay silent, we keep our mouths shut, we close our ears and we turn a blind eye.
"It is just not right."