THE CORRIDORS OF POWER
Raja Petra Kamarudin
1MDB’s President, Arul Kanda Kandasamy, has just issued a press statement, Integrity of PAC must be respected (READ THE FULL STATEMENT HERE), which basically calls DAP’s Tony Pua a coward and a liar who issued a challenge knowing full well that, as a member of the PAC, he cannot fulfil.
Arul Kanda also said that Tony Pua is hiding behind his PAC post to wrangle his way out of the debate, probably after realising that he has bitten off more than he can chew. In fact, people like PKR’s Rafizi Ramli think it is a suicide mission because Arul Kanda (a debating champion) is going to make mincemeat out of Tony Pua.
Pakatan Harapan has proposed, to protect Tony Pua’s position in the PAC, that Rafizi Ramli should replace Tony Pua in the debate. However, it was Tony Pua and not Pakatan Harapan that challenged Arul Kanda to a debate so why is Arul Kanda now being asked to debate Pakatan Harapan’s proxy, Rafizi Ramli, instead?
Arul Kanda suggested that Rafizi Ramli should instead replace Tony Pua in the PAC so that Tony Pua would be free to debate him. If Rafizi Ramli is good enough to replace Tony Pua in the debate then he should be good enough to replace Tony Pua in the PAC.
Actually, Arul Kanda has no problems facing Rafizi Ramli in a debate because in their younger days they have, in fact, debated one another. And Arul Kanda has high regards for Rafizi Ramli. The issue, however, is that it was Tony Pua who threw the challenge and not Rafizi Ramli or Pakatan Harapan.