KUALA LUMPUR: It’s confirmed: Tony Pua will not be taking part in the much-anticipated debate with 1Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB) chief Arul Kanda.
Instead, DAP will propose another candidate to replace Pua.
Announcing this today, DAP secretary-general Lim Guan Eng said this was because they wanted to safeguard Pua’s roles as both member of parliament and within the Public Accounts Committee.
“The debate will go on but if he (Pua) participates in it, it will jeopardise his position and without him, we will lose a seat in PAC. I will not let that happen,” he told reporters at the Parliament lobby today.
Lim said Pua’s replacement will be decided upon at a meeting this evening.
Lim said DAP, PKR and Parti Amanah Negara will each suggest a candidate from their respective parties
“I am confident that the replacement will be able to debate Arul Kanda.
“We will announce the chosen name later today or tomorrow,” he said.