DAP Chief Strategist Tony Pua inadvertently risks himself of being a political manipulator and an economic saboteur after admission of introducing Sarawak Report Chief Editor Clare Rewcastle-Brown to the Edge Tong Kooi Ong and Ho Kay Tat.
Media statement by 1Malaysia Development Berhad
Issued on 10 September 2015
For immediate publication
“Practise what you preach”
1MDB is disappointed to note the admission by Public Accounts Committee (PAC) member YB Tony Pua that he introduced discredited journalist Clare Rewcastle-Brown to Datuk Tong Kooi Ong and Ho Kay Tat of The Edge media group. We further note media reports that YB Tony Pua has not denied knowledge that Clare Rewcastle-Brown was dealing with stolen goods.
In a statement today, YB Tony Pua urged 1MDB to “come clean” on the bond arrangements and guarantee by Abu Dhabi’s International Petroleum Investment Corporation (IPIC). We remind YB Tony Pua that the key terms of the bond and the IPIC guarantee are contained in the notes to the 1MDB audited accounts dated 31 March 2013 and 31 March 2014. These are publicly available documents. 1MDB had also provided a detailed answer to the Wall Street Journal report on 9 September 2015, defended its audited accounts and confirmed that it cannot comment on nor have knowledge of, the accounting arrangements of third parties such as IPIC or Aabar.
However, YB Tony Pua is quick to respond to detailed answers with even more questions. One can only conclude he is not at all interested in the answers. We note media reports quoting IGP Tan Sri Mohd Khalid Abu Bakar as saying, in relation to YB Tony Pua, that the police had opened an investigation paper under Section 120 of the Penal Code to probe alleged attempts to topple the government. The IGP is quoted as saying “Mind you, we do not investigate based on newspaper reports… (but) this was what he (Pua) had actually said. As such, we need to call him (in) again. He (Pua) himself had admitted that he had left out a few things when he was first called in. He could have forgotten then. Now only he remembered. So we will call him in.”
We hope YB Tony Pua will “come clean” with his answers to the police.
1MDB has consistently maintained that the appropriate forum to share information is to the lawful authorities investigating 1MDB, including the PAC. It would appear that YB Tony Pua, notwithstanding his role in the PAC, wants to be judge, jury and executioner for 1MDB.
1MDB is disappointed to hear of the alleged actions by YB Tony Pua. Whilst we have had differences of opinion with him, we respected his tenacity and focus. Now that YB Tony Pua is under investigation by the police, we urge YB Tony Pua to practise what he preaches to others and step down from the PAC, while he proves his innocence on the various allegations made against him.
The credibility and integrity of Pua as politician is at stake. His ability to be truthful in the Police investigation would reflect his real attitude about being an honourable politician or a destructive Opposition.
Rewcastle-Brown, Ho and Tooi have all by their own admission to have acquired stolen documents from former Petro Saudi Executive Xavier Justo.
They also conspired to do economic sabotage by rabidly attacking 1MDB and in the same tone, the credibility and integrity of Prime Minister Dato’ Sri Mohd. Najib Tun Razak and the Malaysian Goverment.
The intention is very definite; demonise Prime Minister Najib and instigate the masses to rise against the Government with demonstration and disorderly. The net outcome is toppling Prime Minister Najib and UMNO/BN led Government.
This is definitely of conduct unbecoming of a Member of Parliament and a legislator, let alone a member of the Public Accounts Committee.
The MP for Petaling Jaya Utara should do the honourable act of discharging himself from the Parliamentary Select Committee.
Otherwise, Dewan Rakyat should move a motion that this member of the augur house be disbarred from attending anymore sitting.
This is by far the damnest act of an honourable member of public scrutinity organisation which consists of elected representatives of the rakyat.
Pua has brought utter disgrace from the perspective of conspiring to politically topple the Prime Minister, to a body which is supposed to be the last resort as the protector of public spending and accountability.