4 November 2015
PANDIKAR WON’T RESIGN AFTER ALL. Sigh…
Speaker won’t budge, Pua can’t do 1MDB debate
PARLIAMENT Dewan Rakyat speaker Pandikar Amin Mulia today shot down Lim Guan Eng’s appeal to reverse his ruling that Tony Pua needs to resign as Public Accounts Committee (PAC) member to debate with 1MDB boss Arul Kanda Kandasamy.
Pandikar defended his ruling, saying he allowed the live debate between Pua and Arul, but only upon the release of the report produced by PAC’s probe on 1MDB.
“I did not stop the debate from taking place. I said the debate (should be done) after the PAC report tables to the House.
“I was informed that the decision will be made in this (Parliament) session,” he said.
Meanwhile, Pandikar explained the gag order imposed upon Pua was only restricted to the contents of the PAC’s probe.
Free Malaysia Today
Pandikar: Ruling made as gov’t wanted debate to go on
Dewan Rakyat Speaker says he got involved in debate issue because it was within his power to do so.
KUALA LUMPUR: Speaker of the Dewan Rakyat Pandikar Amin Mulia yesterday explained that the ruling concerning the public debate between Tony Pua and Arul Kandasamy on the issue of 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) was made after seeing the seriousness of both parties, as well as the government, to make it happen.
“I see that the government has made a statement that they are willing to facilitate the debate, which means that it is imminent that the debate will happen,” he said at the Speaker-meets-media editors event here last night.
Pandikar Amin said if he allowed the debate to go ahead, then it would be unnecessary for any committees, particularly the Public Accounts Committee (PAC), to convene meetings and investigate the allegations concerning the government’s strategic investment company.
He also stressed that the 1MDB issue should not be debated in public, but be solved using the right channels and via the PAC investigation, which was ongoing.
“Why should there be a debate while the matter was being investigated? I’m not against any debate, but wouldn’t it (debate) affect the results of the PAC investigation?
“If the statements are made by the PAC, then go ahead and debate. But the question now is whether the debate will solve the problems? The answer is no…then why not go through the (investigation) process first,” he asked.
Call off debate, says Pandikar
Last updated on 3 November 2015 – 08:01pm
KUALA LUMPUR: Dewan Rakyat Speaker Tan Sri Pandikar Amin Mulia thinks the proposed debate between 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) chief executive officer Arul Kanda Kandasamy and DAP’s MP Tony Pua should be called off.
Pandikar told the Dewan Rakyat today that the debate will compromise investigations into the 1MDB issue as Pua is a Public Accounts Committee (PAC) member while Arul Kanda is a key witness in the probe.
“Pua is in the PAC, and Arul Kanda is an important witness… this will compromise the credibility of the probe and also raises the issue of subjudice,” said Pandikar adding that if they want to proceed with the debate:-
>> Pua must quit PAC;
>> Pua must recuse himself from any investigation on 1MDB; and
>> Arul Kanda must recuse himself as a witness before the PAC.
The conditions set by Pandikar were not received well by the opposition lawmakers who demanded further explanations from him.
Anthony Loke (DAP – Seremban) asked if there had been any discussion between the Speaker and the government that had resulted in the decision, but Pandikar denied this.
“The role of the executive is to govern the country, while mine is to ensure that the Standing order are adhered to,” Pandikar said.
“If I allow for the debate to take place, it will mean the debate is more important than the PAC.
If I allow it, then the PAC might as well be non-existent,” he added.
And to show his seriousness about the issue, Pandikar issued an ultimatum, saying that if both parties insist on having the debate, he does not want to get involved with it and will resign from his position as Speaker.
3 November 2015
Pandikar says he’ll quit speaker post if 1MDB debate proceeds
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Tan Sri Pandikar Amin Mulia said today he would quit his post as the Dewan Rakyat speaker if the government pressed ahead in hosting a debate between 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) president Arul Kanda Kandasamy and Petaling Jaya Utara MP Tony Pua.
Pandikar said the debate could not be allowed unless Pua quit as a member of Parliament’s Public Accounts Committee (PAC), as the latter’s involvement could prejudice its probe into 1MDB.
“If the government has an agenda to continue the debate, I will not involve myself in this matter,” he said in the Dewan Rakyat today.
Pandikar to quit if 1MDB debate rules ignored
PARLIAMENT Dewan Rakyat speaker Pandikar Amin Mulia has threatened to resign if the conditions he set for the 1MDB debate are ignored.
The speaker wants DAP lawmaker Tony Pua to quit the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) or abstain from the investigation into 1MDB if he wanted to debate 1MDB president Arul Kanda Kandasamy.