Press Release

YB Tony Pua Debate Challenge
YB Tony Pua Debate Challenge

"I refer to the debate challenge issued by YB Tony Pua on 14 April 2016. Since it was issued and accepted a month ago, there have been two key developments that mean it is no longer possible for me to engage with YB Tony in a debate.

The developments are as follows:

  • Further to the recommendations by the bi-partisan Public Accounts Committee (PAC), which YB Tony is a member of, the Royal Malaysian Police (PDRM) has expanded its investigations into 1MDB. PDRM has formed a special task force to investigate the PAC findings on 1MDB.
  • 1MDB is in a public dispute with International Petroleum Investment Company (IPIC).

I am now fully focused on assisting PDRM, and resolving the IPIC dispute. As such I cannot engage in a debate which may prejudice 1MDB’s legal position in relation to the investigation and the dispute."

- Arul Kanda, 1MDB President and Group Executive Director