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KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 4, 2015:

Only Tony Pua himself can decide if he wants to go on with the debate against 1Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB) chief, and accusing BN of possible sabotage is “too much”, says Deputy Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Razali Ibrahim.

Commenting on the recent development of the much anticipated debate between Petaling Jaya Utara lawmaker Pua and 1MDB President Arul Kanda Kandasamy, Razali said if BN had really wanted to stop the debate from taking place, the three conditions allowing for it to happen would not have been provided.

“Pua can refer to the conditions set by the Speaker and I remember him saying this is an agenda by BN to prevent the debate.

“Even if it is true that BN wants to stop it, then take up the first condition which is to resign and then debate.

“What the Speaker wants to defend is the existing Standing Orders as otherwise, all matters discussed at the PAC will be brought to debate and that cannot happen,” the Muar Member of Parliament told reporters at the Parliament lobby here, today.

Razali said regardless of the restrictions that are set by PAC regulations and not the Speaker, only Pua can decide if he wants to go on with the debate. When asked if Arul would be disqualified from being a witness at PAC proceedings should he participate in the debate, Razali said that if Arul is done giving statements to PAC, then the issue would not arise. “We need to give a chance to question PAC’s witness, but not now. Tony Pua’s 10 questions, the answers are not secret anyway so why is this matter being politicised? “He questioned many things and he was given the space to do so and yet BN is at fault? I don’t understand. “I take care of MACC (Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission) and we are investigating many cases which we cannot share.” Dewan Rakyat speaker Tan Sri Pandikar Amin Mulia said yesterday that Pua can go on with the debate against Arul 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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