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KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 4, 2015:

No one can stop the 1Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB) showdown if the debate meets the terms set by Dewan Rakyat Speaker, says Barisan Nasional Backbenchers Club (BNBBC) chairmanTan Sri Shahrir Samad. Commenting on the highly anticipated debate featuring 1MDB President Arul Kanda Kandasamy and a yet-to-be named opposition lawmaker, the veteran Umno MP said the public should appreciate the Speaker’s readiness to put Parliament integrity above his own. He however expressed his lack of confidence in the debate’s ability to provide solution to the problems faced by the state investment arm. “Do you sincerely believe any debate can solve the problems? It will undoubtedly clarify certain issues but I don’t think a debate can help in coming up with solutions,” he told a press conference at the Parliament lobby here today. Shahrir added that the best possible situation the debate can achieve is to eliminate and clarity certain issues with two individuals who are “in the know” participating in it. “But to be able to say that the debate can put 1MDB matters to rest, I don’t think they can actually achieve that. “The issue has always been about the role of Pua who is a vocal critique of 1MDB and at the same time he is a member of PAC which is investigating 1MDB.” Pua who is Petaling Jaya Utara Member of Parliament had previously dared Arul to a debate which would be broadcasted live on television, a challenge which initially was accepted by Arul on the condition that Pua first resign from PAC. Pua, however, refused to do so, prompting Arul to later accept the proposition without conditions. Pandikar however yesterday set a condition for Pua’s involvement with the debate. He said Pua can go on with it provided that he quit as a PAC member and Arul abstain from any involvement with 1MDB probes or any PAC proceedings. Pua then pulled out of the debate saying that PAC’s investigation is more important although DAP parliamentary whip Anthony Loke had offered to find a replacement for the debate which they hoped would go on as scheduled at 9pm this Friday.

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