KUALA LUMPUR, April 10 – The act of Public Account Committee (PAC) member Tony Phua in sullying the PAC report on 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) is an annoying move by a political opportunist. PAC chairman Datuk Hasan Arifin said such political behaviour was seen as stooping and tarnishing the independent and non-partisan process implemented by PAC whereby Phua himself had taken up the oath as its member.
Hasan in a statement here, today said he wish to stress and remind Tony Phua the decision was made unanimously by all 14 PAC members and he was one of the committee members who arrived at the concensus. Prior to this, Phua, who is also Petaling Jaya Utara Member of Parliament, was reported to have said he was only 80 per cent satisfied at the report.
The national DAP publicity secretary also said the PAC investigation on 1MDB became difficult after PAC’s chairman was changed. Hasan said if the consensus of the committee required an evaluation of a document or obtaining the statement of a witness, he as chairman would ensure it was provided and the statement be obtained.
He explained that at that level if any member of the committee felt there was a need to obtain more detailed information, they would voice it during the proceedings being conducted, whereby the main objective was to prepare a detailed analysis on the transaction of 1MDB to be tabled in Parliament.
He added that during the auditing of 1MDB, PAC had complied clearly and in detail with all processes to ensure it was independent and non-partisan. He said all members of PAC, by consensus, had clearly agreed without any compulsion and doubt and this was recorded via minutes of the proceeding reports provided and its findings. The PAC report on 1MDB was tabled in Parliament on Thursday. The memberships of PAC comprised government and opposition Members of Parliament.