1MDB president unconditionally accepts Malaysian MP's challenge for 'live' TV debate

1MDB president Arul Kanda Kandasamy (right) has now unconditionally accepted a challenge from Democratic Action Party MP Tony Pua (left) for a 'live' public debate.
1MDB president Arul Kanda Kandasamy (right) has now unconditionally accepted a challenge from Democratic Action Party MP Tony Pua (left) for a 'live' public debate.PHOTO: THE STAR/ASIA NEWS NETWORK
THE STAR/ASIA NEWS NETWORK

KUALA LUMPUR (THE STAR/ASIA NEWS NETWORK) - 1Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB) president Arul Kanda Kandasamy has unconditionally accepted Malaysian MP Tony Pua's challenge for a public debate aired 'live' on TV, withdrawing his earlier condition that the PJ Utara MP first steps down from the Public Accounts Committee (PAC).

"I hereby withdraw my condition. I will meet Tony Pua for a live televised discussion or debate without any conditions.

"I look forward to having this discussion so we can debate all the questions Pua has," said Mr Arul on Saturday (Oct 31).

Mr Arul also thanked RTM for agreeing to facilitate the 'live' debate.

After the announcement, Mr Pua posted his thanks to Mr Arul on Twitter for accepting the challenge and withdrawing his earlier condition attached to it.

He also thanked RTM for agreeing to host the program and hoped the date, time and format will be sorted out soon.

"The only people who will benefit are the Malaysians out there seeking to uncover the truth," said Mr Pua, who is also Democratic Action Party's (DAP's) national publicity secretary.

Later, in a statement on Saturday, Mr Pua said he was pleased.

"I was extremely pleased when Arul Kanda withdrew his condition to accepting the talk show. I would like to thank him for the gentlemanly acceptance of the invite without attaching any conditions," he said.

"I am certain that over the next week, our respective teams will meet and thrash out the date, time and format of the talk show.

"I certainly look forward to meeting Arul for the very first time and asking the questions which Malaysians have been dying to ask for the longest time," said Mr Pua.

He also thanked Communications and Multimedia Minister Salleh Said Keruak for offering RTM as hosts for the live talk show.

On Friday night, Mr Arul appeared on Bernama TV for an interview, which prompted Mr Pua to say only "recycled" answers were given.

Mr Pua, on Saturday, then challenged Mr Arul to a "live talk show" which he would host and ask the questions.

Mr Arul had responded by saying he was agreeable to it, but only if Mr Pua first stepped down from the PAC.

This condition, Mr Arul reasoned, was because it would be a conflict of interest for Mr Pua, as a member of the PAC, to discuss details relating to the investigation into 1MDB on live TV.

Mr Pua responded by calling it a "ridiculous condition", and said that he would never agree to it.