KUALA LUMPUR: Parliament’s Public Accounts Committee (PAC) has said its inquiry into debt-riddled 1Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB) is in its finals rounds but that they unsure at this point whether there was a need to summon more witnesses.
In a statement, the PAC said the committee would first review the Auditor-General’s (A-G) final report on the state-investment firm, scheduled to be presented to the committee on February 24 and 25.
“After the A-G’s final report on 1MDB, if there is an urgent need and requirement in preparing the PAC report, only then will the committee consider calling in other witnesses.”
Earlier today, the committee heard submissions from former 1MDB chairman Bakke Mohd Salleh and former CEO Shahrol Azral Ibrahim Halmi.
Meanwhile, PAC member Tony Pua said the committee will not ask Shahrol to return.
“Both of them cooperated well with the PAC, and the committee asked them what we wanted to.
“There are things that were answered and there were those that could not be answered. But at least all questions were raised and we don’t need to call back Shahrol,” the DAP lawmaker told reporters at the Parliament gates after the proceedings today.
The media was once again barred from entering Parliament after guards cited orders from the “top.”
On December 18 last year, the media was prevented from entering Parliament when current 1MDB CEO Arul Kanda Kandasamy attended the hearing.
PAC chairman Hasan Arifin also decided today to cancel the press conference scheduled for tomorrow as the committee had completed questioning both witnesses.
The debt-ridden 1MDB has been mired in controversies over the past year, making headlines locally and internationally.
Former premier Dr Mahathir Mohamad has also relentlessly criticised 1MDB and the chairman of its Board of Advisors, Prime Minister Najib Razak over the firm’s mounting debt.