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Opposition MPs want briefing on 1MDB from its president Arul Kanda

KUALA LUMPUR: Opposition lawmakers have demanded 1Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB) president Arul Kanda Kandasamy to brief them in Parliament.
Petaling Jaya Utara member of Parliament (MP)Tony Pua said Arul Kanda had no reason to decline as he had briefed Pas leaders recently.
Pua said he was disappointed that Arul Kanda refused to brief opposition MPs despite repeated requests in the past, but would acquiesce when invited by Pas.
“On behalf of (opposition pact) Pakatan Harapan, I ask Arul Kanda again to have a session with our leaders,” he told a press conference in Parliament today.
Pua said opposition MPs would arrange for the venue for Arul Kanda to give his briefing in Parliament.
Lembah Pantai MP Nurul Izzah Anwar said it was only fair for him to explain the 1MDB issue to lawmakers.
"We are ready to meet him behind closed-doors. He has a day to respond," said Nurul Izzah, who is also PKR vice-president.
On Monday, Pas deputy president Datuk Tuan Ibrahim Tuan Man was reported by online news portals as saying that Arul Kanda’s explanation on the debt incurred by 1MDB and its rationalisation plan was “satisfactory.”
Arul Kanda, who was one of the guests at a Pas round-table discussion on 1MDB in Ampang, had spoken for more than two hours to Tuan Ibrahim and other Pas central working committee members.
Tuan Ibrahim had said Pas were satisfied with the explanation, specifically on the rationalisation plans Arul Kanda had proposed to take to overcome the crisis in 1MDB.
1MDB was thrust into the limelight recently when a US$602.72 million (RM2.58 billion) payment, which was part of its settlement agreement with Abu Dhabi's International Petroleum Investment Company (IPIC), was delayed.
In a statement on August 1, 1MDB said the payment, which was originally due on July 31, was delayed as it was awaiting funds that were due to be received last month.

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