No decision to summon Najib over 1MDB probe, says PAC chairman

Nor Ain Mohamed Radhi

KUALA LUMPUR: The Public Accounts Committee (PAC) has yet to decide whether to call former prime minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak to assist its probe into 1Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB).

PAC chairman Datuk Seri Ronald Kiandee said it is too early to determine who should be called to assist the committee with its investigation.

“It all depends on the terms of reference that will be determined later, together with the investigation strategy.

“All will be revealed later,” he said during a press conference in Parliament today.

It was reported that Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng will table a motion in Dewan Rakyat to reinitiate parliamentary investigations into 1MDB.

The motion is expected to be tabled tomorrow (Aug 16).

Ronald said PAC will carry out an investigation into 1MDB if the motion was tabled and approved.

“PAC is under the Parliament, so PAC definitely has to carry out an investigation if it is approved by Parliament.

“If there is a motion to do so, we will do it,” he said.

Ronald added that PAC has been instructed to carry out an investigation into the Goods and Services Tax (GST) refund shortfall.

“We will also have to investigate the recent Auditor General’s Report.”

On a separate matter, Ronald said the opposition has found a replacement for Rompin MP Datuk Seri Hasan Arifin, who declined an offer to become a PAC member.

“A letter has been handed to the Speaker and Parit Sulong member of parliament Datuk Noraini Ahmad will take the position,” he said.

Earlier, the PAC team attended a briefing session with the National Audit Department.

Present was Auditor General Tan Sri Dr Madinah Mohamad. © New Straits Times Press (M) Bhd