13 December 2018
Charging of Najib and Arul Kanda over tampering with Auditor-General’s 1MDB Report highlights the role of PAS leadership in aiding and abetting the 1MDB scandal
The charging of the former Prime Minister, Datuk Seri Najib Razak and former 1MDB Chief Executive Officer Arul Kanda Kandasamy with tampering of the Auditor-General’s 1MDB report in 2016 has highlighted the role of the PAS leadership in aiding and abetting the 1MDB corruption and money-laundering scandal.
In April 2017, the PAS Central Working Committee publcily gave approval to the 1MDB CEO Arul Kanda who briefed it for more than two hours about the 1MDB.
No wonder that that there won’t be a joint UMNO-PAS anti-1MDB Rally where the respective UMNO and PAS Presidents, Datuk Seri Zahid Hamidi and Datuk Seri Hadi Awang will condemn Najib, the 1MDB scandal and grand corruption in Malaysia, which reached such stratospheric heights as to make Malaysia a global kleptocracy under Najib’s premiership.
The PAS President, Datuk Seri Hadi Awang may be able to square Islam with kleptocracy, but I am sure that the majority of Muslims and non-Muslims cannot accept any equation of Islam or any of the great religions of the world with corruption and kleptocracy.
It has been reported that the fear of UMNO becoming too Islamic-centric and getting closer to PAS were the main reasons for the exodus of its Sabah members.
A stronger reason would be the axis between UMNO and PAS to defend Najib’s kleptocracy and the 1MDB scandal.
(Media Statement (2) by DAP MP for Iskandar Puteri Lim Kit Siang in Parliament on Thursday, 13th December 2018)
KUALA LUMPUR (Aug 7): 1MDB’s chief executive officer Arul Kanda Kandasamy briefed the PAS central committee on the company’s debt rationalisation plan today.
Arul Kanda was one of the guests at PAS’ roundtable discussion on 1MDB held at a hotel in Ampang, Malaysiakini reported.
The closed-door discussion was initiated by PAS deputy president Tuan Ibrahim Tuan Man.
It was said to be the first time an executive from 1MDB had briefed opposition politicians in a formal setting other than at the Parliament’s Public Accounts Committee (PAC).
The other members of the panel included former Selangor Menteri Besar Abdul Khalid Ibrahim, Wan Ahmad Fauzi from 1MDB’s precursor the Terengganu Investment Authority (TIA), and three academics — Mohd Fuad Mohd Salleh (Unisel), Mohd Shukri Mohd Noor (UKM) and Mohd Azhar Abdul Karim (UPM).
Malaysiakini reported that Tuan Ibrahim later said PAS was satisfied with Arul Kanda’s explanation but hoped that 1MDB-related assets would be subjected to parliamentary scrutiny.
“For us, the rationalisation plan done by 1MDB is on the right track so far, and we hope there won’t be much political interference in the plan he presented.
“As a whole, the discussion was very interesting and open. He (Arul Kanda) also presented several documents, in particular, the PAC’s findings,” he told Malaysiakini.
Tuan Ibrahim said the discussion involved about 30 people and lasted about 3½ hours.