KUALA LUMPUR – The DAP said today the opposition Pakatan Harapan pact would appoint a substitute for MP Tony Pua in the proposed open debate with 1Malaysia Development Berhad president and group executive director Arul Kanda Kandasamy.
This follows the decision of Dewan Rakyat Speaker Tan Sri Pandikar Amin Mulia to prohibit Pua from debating with Arul Kanda because the Petaling Jaya Utara MP is a member of the Public Accounts Committee.
DAP secretary-general Lim Guan Eng said Pua’s substitute would be determined at a meeting of the Pakatan Harapan secretariat chiefs.
“We do not foresee any problem in finding a substitude,” he said.
Lim’s statement is seen as ignoring Pandikar Amin’s statement that Arul Kanda himself would be unable to appear as a witness in the PAC investigation into 1MDB if he participates in an open debate.
In view of the prohibition imposed by the Dewan Rakyat Speaker, many people think that the live television debate on 1MDB would not take place.
Last Saturday, Arul Kanda accepted Pua’s challenge to have the unconditional open debate on 1MDB, and the matter raised mixed reactions from various quarters.
Pandikar Amin announced his decision on the debate in the Dewan Rakyat yesterday. – BERNAMA