KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 3, 2015:
DAP’s Petaling Jaya Utara MP Tony Pua might expose information gathered during the proceedings of the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) if he proceeds to debate with 1Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB) president and group executive director Arul Kanda Kandasamy.
Barisan Nasional Backbenchers Club (BNBBC) chairman Tan Sri Shahrir Samad said PAC members were not allowed to disclose information from the proceedings if the matter had not been tabled yet in the Dewan Rakyat.
If any information from PAC proceedings is disclosed by Pua, a motion can be tabled against him in the Dewan Rakyat.
“There are those who say it is all right if he wants to debate, but if he asks of things which only he knows, that would be an offence.
“As he has the information, action will be taken against him. That’s why there are those who do not agree that he should debate openly while being a member of PAC.
“(If he exposed the information) it would be a contempt of Parliament,” said the former PAC chairman to The Rakyat Post.
Under Rule 85 of the proceedings in the Dewan Rakyat, any statement taken in front of a Select Committee and any letters issued by it are not to be published by any of the committee members or anyone else before it had been presented before the Dewan Rakyat.
Pua, known for his role as being one of the vocal critics of 1MDB, had challenged Arul Kanda to a “live talk show”.
Arul Kanda then took up the challenge, with Communications and Multimedia Minister Datuk Seri Salleh Keruak saying that RTM was willing to broadcast the debate.
PAC chairman Datuk Hasan Arifin told a news conference on Monday that he would not stop the debate and it would be up to Pua to decide
“It’s up to him; he should know his position. It’s not for me to judge him,” he said, adding that he was unsure if Pua would face the music should he go ahead with the debate.
According to Shahrir, up to now, the details of PAC proceedings concerning 1MDB had yet to be brought to the Dewan Rakyat.
In comparison, Arul Kanda would not face any problems if the debate goes ahead.
“Arul Kanda cannot say ‘No’ to it. He is willing to answer anywhere. In a press conference or what not, as he is 1MDB CEO.
“The problem lies with Pua, who is a member of PAC.
“If we are against it, he would say this is BN politicking, but in proceedings ahead, it is also politicking by him.
“That is why the minister has given the go ahead,” said Shahrir.