The Sun (Malaysia)

Hisham welcomes 1MDB debate

> ... provided it explains the issue and is not destructiv­e

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KUALA LUMPUR:

Defence Minister Datuk Seri Hishammudd­in Hussein said a debate on 1Malaysia Developmen­t Bhd (1MDB) can be held if it can explain the issue to the public.

“I welcome the debate but fear that it may be destructiv­e and not beneficial to the public. Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Abdul Razak wants the 1MDB issue to be resolved quickly,” he told reporters after participat­ing in the Malaysian United Run organised by Institut Onn Jaafar at Padang Merbok here yesterday.

1MDB president and group executive director Arul Kanda Kandasamy has said he is ready for a debate with Petaling Jaya Utara member of parliament Tony Pua on the sovereign wealth fund.

Arul was responding to a challenge thrown by Pua in his blog.

Radio Televisyen Malaysia (RTM) is reported to have said it is willing to broadcast the debate live.

Former Public Accounts Committee (PAC) chairman Datuk Nur Jazlan Mohamed had earlier said that the debate between Pua and Arul would only set back all investigat­ions made on 1MDB.

He described the antics of Pua and Arul as “childish” for not thinking the matter through before agreeing to the debate.

“Whatever has been investigat­ed by the PAC should stay within the committee before the matter is brought to Parliament,” said Nur Jazlan, who is also Deputy Home Minister. – Bernama

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