Arul Kanda in Australia: #WSJ reporter kicked out of #1MDB event in Sydney…

11 Nov 2016

Gov’t says only paid for Arul Kanda’s meals in Sydney1MDB talk

Zikri Kamarulzaman

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PARLIAMENT The Communications and Multimedia Ministry has explained it had only borne the food and beverage expenses for 1MDB chief Arul Kanda Kandasamy information session in Sydney.

Deputy Communications and Multimedia Minister Jailani Johari said Arul Kanda had gone for the 1MDB event hosted at the University of New South Wales in his “personal capacity”, and as such the matter of the government footing the bill “did not arise.”

“Arul Kanda went on his personal capacity. We did not cover any costs. The only costs incurred were for food and beverages,” Jailani told the Dewan Rakyat last night.

Pressed by Anthony Loke (DAP-Seremban) on whether the government had paid for the 1MDB president’s flight tickets, and how much the event had cost, Jailani again simply replied that the ministry only covered his meals.

The deputy minister also said Arul Kanda explaining facts about 1MDB was not an issue, claiming the opposition readily spread “slander and lies” about the state investment firm.

The event in Sydney is believed to have been organised by the ministry’s Special Affairs Department (Jasa).

It became news when a journalist from The Wall Street Journal was kicked out of the event.

9 Nov 2016

Brandon Retweeted

‘A WSJ journalist was kicked out of a info session in Sydney, believed to have been organised by Special Affairs Department (Jasa)’

Tun Faisal dakwa wartawan WSJ ‘serbu’ taklimat 1MDB di Sydney: Wartawan Wall Street Journal…

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9 Nov 2016

Jasa: WSJ journalist gatecrashed 1MDB event in Sydney

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Wall Street Journal journalist Rachel Pannett was ejected from an briefing session on 1MDB in Sydney because she “gate crashed” the event, said programme moderator Tun Faisal Ismail Aziz.

“Shame on her. At least have the courtesy to check with organisers first,” the Jasa strategic communications director said on Twitter.

“Learn to be more civilised. You claim to have first class mentality, so you can’t possibly be gate crashing,” he quipped.

Pannett, who is WSJ Sydney bureau deputy chief, said she was booted out of the “public” event yesterday.

Her colleague Tom Wright said only Malaysian students were allowed to ask questions.

The WSJ has widely reported on the 1MDB scandal.

According to DAP’s Petaling Jaya Utara MP Tony Pua, the event featuring 1MDB president Arul Kanda Kandasamy was hosted at the University of New South Wales.

Jasa, a department of the Communications and Multimedia Ministry, has organised multiple information sessions for students at public universities in Malaysia.

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