1MDB president to testify before Public Accounts Committee on Dec 1

1MDB president to testify before Public Accounts Committee on Dec 1
1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) president Arul Kanda Kandasamy.

KUALA LUMPUR - 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) president Arul Kanda Kandasamy will be summoned to testify before the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) on Dec 1.

PAC chairman Datuk Hasan Arifin confirmed that a letter was sent out by the Finance Ministry yesterday to summon Arul Kanda before the committee, which is resuming its probe into dealings in 1MDB.

"Yes, it is true. The letter was just sent out today," Arifin told reporters in the Parliament lobby.

Others called are 1MDB's former chief executive officer Datuk Shahrol Halmi, who is to testify on Nov 25.

Both men, said Hasan, would be required to come prepared, including with the necessary documents.

"(Representatives) from the North Corridor Investment Authority (NCIA) and the Prime Minister's Department will also be called up on Nov 18. This is to allow new PAC members to familiarise themselves on how inquiries are conducted before Shahrul and Arul appear before them," he added.

Arul Kanda was originally scheduled to meet the PAC on Aug 5 and his predecessor Datuk Shahrol Helmi a day earlier but the probe came to a halt following the appointment of a few of its members, including former chairman Datuk Nur Jazlan Mohamed, into the Cabinet.

Five new members - Datuk Dr Makin at Marcus Mojigoh (BN-Putatan), Datuk Ahmad Hamzah (BN-Jasin), Datuk Nawawi Ahmad (BN-Langkawi), Datuk Koh Nai Kwong (BN-Alor Gajah) and Datuk Takiyuddin Hassan (PAS-Kota Baru) - were later appointed.

The NCIA is being summoned over failed projects highlighted in the second series of the Auditor-General's report 2014.

Hasan also said PAC member Tony Pua (DAP-Petaling Jaya Utara) was bound by Dewan Rakyat Speaker Tan Sri Pandikar Amin Mulia'a ruling not to publicly divulge information from the committee's proceedings into 1MDB.

On Wednesday, the debate between Pua and Arul Kanda, scheduled for live telecast today, was called off by RTM after Pua ­decided to pull out and allow someone else to replace him.

In a statement, Arul Kanda chided Pua for "hiding behind his PAC membership", claiming that the MP had lacked the courage to resign from the committee, which led to the cancellation of the debate.

He also questioned why PKR vice-president Rafizi Ramli, who is being offered as a replacement, could not have taken over Pua's place in the PAC.

"Tony has made so many wrong allegations about 1MDB and me personally that I wanted to publicly debate with and correct him," he said.

"As a two-term MP, surely he is well versed in Parliamentary procedures and knew all along that the debate could not take place."

He added that he would respond to the 10 questions Pua had wanted to raise in the debate at the appropriate time and forum, such as the PAC.

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