Up to Pua to debate with 1MDB chief, says public accounts chairman

KUALA LUMPUR - The Public Accounts Committee (PAC) has refused to state if it will support the upcoming debate between Tony Pua and 1Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB) chief Arul Kanda Kandasamy.

Newly-appointed chairman Datuk Hasan Arifin said the committee would instead leave it to Pua, who is a PAC member, to make a decision which he sees fit.

"It is up to him (Pua) to make a decision, whether he chooses to debate or not to debate," the Rompin MP told reporters at Parliament lobby on Monday.

Pua had challenged Arul Kanda to a debate following the latter's interview with Bernama TV, with Pua claiming that Arul was giving "recycled answers" on television.

Arul subsequently announced at a press conference last Saturday that he unconditionally accepted the Petaling Jaya Utara MP's challenge and would leave it to their respected representatives to sort out a suitable date and time.

The debate has garnered mixed reactions from politicians, with some of them suggesting that it would render the PAC's ongoing investigation into 1MDB irrelevant.