Press Release

Bring it on, Tony
Bring it on, Tony

“I refer to the debate challenge issued by DAP MP, YB Tony Pua, to me. YB Tony has said “you could almost fall in love” with me. Then he called me a liar and rubbished my achievements. On Thursday morning, he said I should resign from 1MDB. On Thursday night, he asked to debate with me.

It is clear that YB Tony is confused and contradicts himself. He does not know if he loves me or hates me. He says I should resign, then says I need to stay on and debate with him. This is despite many in the DAP, including YB Tony, calling me a liar, who is not worth listening to. So why debate, when you will not listen to, or believe, anything I say?

Ironically, this must be the first time ever that a PAC “DAP judge” wants to debate with a “defendant”, after the proceedings are over and after a bi-partisan, collective, PAC Report has been issued. To avoid being embarrassed a second time, I hope YB Tony has first checked with the Speaker of Parliament before issuing this debate challenge.

What is clear is that, despite him almost exclusively questioning me for 2 full days at the PAC, the DAP representative, YB Tony, still wants to spend quality time with me. Far be it from me, to deny YB Tony this pleasure.

I hereby accept the debate challenge. Bring it on!”

- Arul Kanda, 1MDB President and Group Executive Director