The 1MDB debate - Horses’ Mouths – 30 October 2015

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The 1MDB debate

Since Arul proudly proclaimed that there is absolutely no cover-up to 1MDB, may I humbly propose that the 1MDB president attends a ‘live’ talk show which I will host and ask the questions. He will be given every opportunity and as much time as he likes to answer these questions. In fact, I will bear no grudges if he succeeds in embarrassing me by showing evidence from any 1MDB financial documents which disprove my allegations. The question is, will he have the courage to accept the challenge or will he stick to the safe comfort of the pliant mainstream media?

Tony Pua, Petaling Jaya Utara MP, challenging 1MDB president Arul Kanda to a debate


It is a known fact that Tony Pua is a member of the Public Accounts Committee, which is in the midst of conducting an investigation into 1MDB. Despite his efforts to do so, Tony Pua cannot be judge, jury and executioner. As such, I trust he will have the courage to do the right thing and resign from the PAC in order for us to have, in his words, a 'no-holds barred' discussion on live television.

Arul Kanda, 1MDB president, calling Pua to quit his post in PAC before the debate


We can broadcast live the debate.

Salleh Said Keruak, Communications and Multimedia Minister


Pua must resign because he is a member of PAC, which is investigating (1MDB). It is conflict of interest if he does not. Simple as that. This is common sense.

Nazri Aziz, Tourism and Culture minister


The open debate should be held unconditionally even though Arul had set a condition that Pua must first resign as a PAC member. His (Pua's) status as a PAC member makes no difference, what matters is the rakyat who wants to know the truth about 1MDB.

Noh Omar, Selangor Umno chief



PAS-Umno cooperation

He (Nazri) misinterpreted. PAS doesn't want political cooperation or to contest together (in elections). We will work together on issue-by-issue basis. Anything that is good for the people we will cooperate, we give our views. We remain the opposition unless BN becomes the opposition.

Takiyuddin Hassan, PAS secretary general, claiming that Umno supreme council member Nazri Abdul Aziz misunderstood PAS when the Islamist party said it was willing to work with BN


He (Lim) purposely raised the issue to cover up Penang government's weaknesses, for instance the (reduced) allocation for (some) religious schools.

Muhammad Fauzi Yusof, Penang PAS chief, lambasting DAP secretary general Lim Guan Eng for accusing that PAS is dancing closer to Umno following the appointment of former PAS deputy chief Nasharuddin Mat Isa as the CEO post of Global Movement for Moderates in Malaysia

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