PETALING JAYA: 1Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB) president and group executive director Arul Kanda Kandasamy has accepted Tony Puaâ€™s challenge to a debate following the conclusion of the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) investigation into the government investment arm.
In a statement on Friday, Arul Kanda questioned the Petaling Jaya Utara MP’s remarks calling him a liar and asking him to resign from 1MDB just hours before issuing the debate challenge on Thursday.
â€œIt is clear that YB Tony is confused and contradicts himself. He does not know if he loves me or hates me.
â€œHe says I should resign, then says I need to stay on and debate with him,â€ he said.
Arul Kanda also said that he hopes Pua, who is a member of the PAC, had consulted the Parliament Speaker before issuing the challenge.
â€œTo avoid being embarrassed a second time, I hope YB Tony has first checked with the Speaker of Parliament before issuing this debate challenge,â€ he said.
Arul Kanda said that despite questioning him for two full days at the PAC hearing, Pua still wanted â€œto spend quality timeâ€ with him.
â€œFar be it from me, to deny YB Tony this pleasure.
â€œI hereby accept the debate challenge. Bring it on!â€ he said.
On April 7, the 106-page PAC report on 1MDB was tabled in the Dewan Rakyat.
This is the second time Pua has challenged Arul Kanda to a live debate over 1MDB.
Dewan Rakyat Speaker Tan Sri Pandikar Amin Mulia had said that to safeguard Parliamentâ€™s integrity, Pua should first resign from the PAC if he wanted to debate with Arul Kanda.