What a circus.
The debate on 1MDB that's almost certain to take place between challenger DAP lawmaker Tony Pua and 1MDB president and group executive director ArulKanda Kandasamy has taken a new development, or twist.
Earlier today, Dewan Rakyat Speaker Tan Sri Pandikar Amin Mulia issued an ultimatum to the government : stop the planned debate between Arul Kanda and Tony Pua or else he will resign.
I suppose you can say the guy has a point.. but why now? A little too late.
In a follow-up to this, Tony Pua held a Press conference to say that he was willing to forgo the live debate because the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) probe "is more important."
Here's Pandikar's statement made in Parliament today.
"If the government still goes ahead with the debate, I will not get involved.. I will resign as Speaker,
"What is the problem if PAC carries out its investigation and subsequently tables the report... can’t Malaysians wait until the investigation by PAC is done?
"Petaling Jaya Utara (Pua) is also in PAC, and Arul also will be called up by PAC. Why the rush? Will the debate get a conclusive answer?
"The answer is no. We also know that the investigation report by PAC on 1MDB will also be presented to the House Committee.
The NST reported that Pandikar had earlier told the House that parliament would not stop the debate between Arul and Pua, provided that Pua either resigns from PAC or excuses himself from PAC's 1MDB-related proceedings.
He said had that Arul should not be involved in the investigation and cited Standing Order 23(1)(e) which states that members are not allowed to give statements without the consent of the House committee.
Pandikar also reminded the House that the role of a PAC member is that of an investigator, not a prosecutor (in reference to Pua.)
"The planned debate on TV will give space to discuss the matter and is premature as the (1MDB) invesigation is still ongoing.
"It will affect PAC and attract prejudice of the credibility of both parties (involved in the debate).
"Furthermore, the tendency to accuse a person's character is not allowed by Standing Order 23(1)(0)."
(source: The Star and NST)
(Pandika's quotes taken from NST online)