Awaiting MACC Findings over RM90M Funds

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Allegedly no movement of money from 1MDB into PAS’ accounts.

PAS is confident that all the documents it had surrendered to the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) investigators, including its bank account and an audio recording over the alleged RM90 million funds from 1Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB), will prove the party’s innocence.

Its president Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang said the party is waiting for the results of the investigation after handing over documents and the audio recording involving a central committee member Nik Mohamad Abduh Nik Abdul Aziz.

“MACC have met with Nik Mohamad Abduh and the party’s secretary-general Datuk Takiyuddin Hassan, and we have provided the required documents.

“What I was informed was that the audio recording was not related to the RM90 million funds, what more about the allegation that PAS received the money from Umno and 1MDB.

“We have given our full cooperation and now we’ll wait for the results,” he said after a get-together event with residents of a low-cost housing community at Sungai Kerak last night.

Abdul Hadi explained that the audio recording was an academic discussion on contributions that the party would want to accept for the 14th general election.

“I did not hear the audio recording but I was told it was an academic discussion on whether we can accept donations or not from this or that person.

“It’s like a business deal. Someone wants to buy from our shop and we don’t really ask the buyer where they get their money from to buy from our shop. When people want to buy, we sell.

“In this case, PAS gave an account number. Anyone can contribute and many people donated, especially during the 14th general election.

“We didn’t ask them (donors) which political party they belong to. PAS gets its contributions from the public and we have given our statement (to MACC), including on donations as much as RM5 and RM10,” he said.

Asked about Nik Mohamad Abduh’s claim that it was not his voice in the audio recording but then changed his answer, Abdul Hadi said Nik Mohamad Abduh should know better.

Abdul Hadi also reiterated that the MACC should also investigate other parties, especially DAP, Amanah and PKR on the donations they received.

“Don’t just investigate PAS. I was informed that a police report was lodged by PAS Youth on the donations received by DAP and Amanah and I hope investigations will be carried out,” he added.

Meanwhile, The Star reported that investigators have determined that no money from 1MDB was transferred into PAS’ accounts and the probe has now shifted to the personal accounts of its leaders.

According to the daily, its sources said anti-graft officers investigating claims that PAS received RM90mil from Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak could not trace any movement of money from 1MDB into PAS’ accounts.

“We could not find this in the course of the 1MDB investigation earlier and also when we checked the party’s banking statements during the latest probe.

“There was no RM90mil wired into PAS’ accounts,” an MACC source was quoted as saying.

The source, however, declined to reveal the identities of the PAS leaders.

Last week, the MACC called up PAS central committee member and Bachok MP Nik Abduh Nik Aziz as it launched its probe into the case following a police report lodged at the Kajang district police station on Feb 5.

Statements were also recorded from former PAS deputy president Datuk Dr Nasharudin Mat Isa and former Bersih 2.0 chairman Datuk Ambiga Sreenevasan.

On Feb 1, PAS president Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang opted for an out-of-court settlement with Sarawak Report editor Clare Rewcastle Brown, whom he sued for libel over an article published on Aug 6, 2016, alleging that the party received RM90mil in bribes from Umno.

Brown filed a counterclaim in October 2017.

PAS cited high legal fees as one reason for the out-of-court settlement.

Najib has repeatedly denied that he gave RM90mil to Hadi or PAS.