KUALA LUMPUR: There is no need for Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak to testify before the Public Accounts Committee (PAC).
PAC chairman Datuk Hasan Arifin said it was not necessary to call Najib when asked if the latter would testify before the committee owing to his role as advisor in 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB).
“It is not necesarry to call the Prime Minister,” he said, adding “Jangan lah, saya pun nak cari makan,” (Don’t be like that, I also have make a living) when pressed further by newsmen on the issue.
Hasan spoke to reporters at a press conference after chairing his first PAC meeting since the resumption of proceedings that were temporarily suspended in July following a Cabinet reshuffle.
Hasan also said that the interim Auditor-General’s Report has yet to be completed.
He asked newsmen to be fair and allow the PAC to conduct its probe, which would be done in an “objective and thorough” manner.
He noted that the Auditor-General’s interim report had not linked the RM2.6bil donation transfer to Najib’s account to 1MDB.
“Let the public know that the two are entirely different issues. 1MDB has nothing to do with the RM2.6bil,” he said.
Former PAC chairman Datuk Nur Jazlan Mohamed, who resigned from his post after being appointed as Deputy Home Minister, previously said that the committee could not rule out the possibility of Najib being called in to testify.
On a separate matter, Hasan reiterated that 1MDB’s present Chief Executive Officer and President Arul Kanda Kandasamy will be summoned to testify before the PAC on Dec 1.
He added that Arul’s predecessor, Datuk Shahrol Helmi will be called in to face the PAC on Nov 25.
Asked if the PAC would pursue calling businessman Low Taek Jho, also known as Jho Low to testify before it, Hasan said it was not necessary at the moment.
On Wednesday, police said they were unable to trace the whereabouts of several individuals alleged to be involved in the 1MDB controversy.
The individuals are businessman Jho Low, Casey Tang, Jasmine Loo, Nik Faisal Ariff Kamil and Yusof Annuar Yaacob.