PAS to Cooperate in MACC’s RM90M Probe, Handing over Bank Statements

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PAS secretary-general Datuk Takiyuddin Hassan said the party will give its full cooperation to the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) to prove that it has not received any money from 1MDB.

The MACC is investigating an allegation that several of PAS’ leaders had received a total of RM90 million suspected to be money from the 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB).

PAS secretary-general Datuk Takiyuddin Hassan gave an assurance that the party would hand over all the necessary documents, including its bank statements, “to prove that the allegation that PAS received RM90 million from 1MDB is false and purely slander”.

“PAS also welcomes and urges any quarters which have information on the allegation to come forward with full responsibility and integrity to provide to the authorities further information and details on those who allegedly received the money so that further investigations can be made,” he said in a statement on Wednesday (Feb 6) night.

He said PAS was confident that MACC, as an entity of integrity, would discharge its duty and responsibility professionally with transparency and dignity and act without fear or favour.

The MACC said yesterday that the investigation was opened after a report was made with regard to allegations that PAS president Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang had received RM90mil from 1MDB accounts.

This came after Abdul Hadi agreed to an out-of-court settlement for his defamation suit against UK-based Sarawak Report editor Clare Rewcastle-Brown.

PAS had sued Rewcastle-Brown for libel over an article she published on Aug 6, 2016, alleging the party had received RM90mil in bribes from Umno.

Rewcastle-Brown filed a counterclaim in October 2017.

The Marang MP had finalised the out-of-court settlement through a consent order dated Feb 1 at the London High Court of Justice.

He dropped his suit and Rewcastle-Brown withdrew her counterclaim. There was no order as to costs.

Abdul Hadi stated that he reached the decision after scrutinising all the court actions taken against him by Rewcastle-Brown and after taking into account his lawyer’s advice.

Despite the settlement, Rewcastle-Brown was allowed to retain the allegedly defamatory article, giving rise to suspicions that the allegations made were true.

Earlier reports:

Feb 6, MACC Probing Claim PAS Received RM90M 1MDB-Linked Funds from Umno

Feb 4, Kadir Jasin: Did PAS Withdraw Suit Fearing ‘the Truth’?

Feb 2, Hadi Agrees to Out-of-Court Settlement in Sarawak Report Suit