Report to MACC Claims “RM90M for PAS” Used to Buy Luxury Cars, Expensive Properties

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Several luxury vehicles and expensive properties were among the items listed as allegedly paid for by the RM90 million that PAS was accused of receiving from rival Umno.

A report by Malaysiakini quoting anonymous sources with the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) claimed that a report lodged with the graft-busters had listed luxury cars and expensive properties.

“According to the report, several PAS leaders were accused of using these funds to acquire the cars and properties,” a source was quoted as saying.

“The cars include BMW, Mini Cooper, Toyota Vellfire, Range Rover, Porsche Cayman, Audi Q7, Audi A6, Toyota Camry, Toyota Fortuner, Volkswagen Passat, Mercedes Benz, and a BMW motorcycle.

“As for the properties, these include a bungalow in Bangi worth RM3 million,” added the source.

The money also was allegedly used to buy vehicle registration plates at exorbitant prices.

Yesterday, the MACC questioned several current and former PAS leaders, regarding the RM90 million probe.

Those quizzed included former PAS deputy president Nasharuddin Mat Isa, and Bachok MP and PAS central committee member Nik Mohamad Abduh Nik Abdul Aziz.

Nasharuddin, who was the executive chairman of the now-defunct Global Movement of Moderates Foundation, arrived at the MACC headquarters at about 8.40am to have his statement recorded over the matter. He was grilled for six hours.

The former PAS number two was allowed to leave at 1pm for lunch and to perform Friday prayers, before returning to complete another two hours of questioning.

“Investigators asked me to provide financial statements, from my personal accounts as well as my foundation. They asked me to explain the source of funds or where they were spent. I cooperated and explained everything that was needed.

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“I am satisfied with the whole process and I will give my full support towards the MACC on their investigation. I also urge others who claim to have evidence on this case to come forward to the MACC,” said Nasharudin to reporters outside the MACC headquarters.

He was allowed to leave at 5.10pm.

Nasharudin’s name was mentioned by former Pandan MP Rafizi Ramli in April 2017, when he cited a “former MACC senior officer” who allegedly told him that the former PAS leader had received money linked to 1MDB.

PAS deputy president from 2005 to 2013, Nasharudin has denied the allegation but has not taken legal action against Rafizi. He was sacked from PAS’ governing council in January 2013 but remained a member of the Islamist party.

In Kelantan, Bachok MP Nik Mohamad Abduh Nik Abdul Aziz arrived at the MACC complex in Kota Bharu at about 10.20am, driving a black Mercedes Benz.

He was greeted by several MACC officers, who then accompanied him to the building complex from the parking lot.

Former PAS vice-president Husam Musa is also expected to be called for questioning.

Husam, who is now Kelantan Pakatan Harapan chairperson, said nobody from the MACC had contacted him.

MACC will summon former Umno president Datuk Seri Najib Razak in its probe into the claim that the party paid PAS RM90 million only if investigation finds the allegation true.

MACC chief commissioner Shukri Abdull said anti-graft officers are now focusing on establishing if such payments to PAS leaders had really happened.

“At the moment, we are still not sure (whether Najib’s assistance is required).

“It depends on the outcome of the investigation. For now, MACC has to first establish whether the transfer of monies had indeed happened as alleged,” he told Malaysiakini on Thursday (Feb 7) night.

Shukri was asked to comment on the progress of the investigation, which was only launched recently after MACC received a complaint on the payment, which was purportedly made to secure the support of several PAS leaders during the 14th general election last year.

Najib is among several figures central to the issue as he was the party president during the time when it had supposedly happened.

The claim also includes the possibility that the money allegedly paid by Umno had come from 1MDB, of which Najib was its chairperson.

Meanwhile, Kelantan deputy menteri besar Mohd Amar Nik Abdullah has dismissed allegations that he bought luxury cars using funds received from Najib.

Instead, Amar said he has only bought cars that were within his means.

“The accusations at the High Court in London are 100 per cent untrue and are more to hearsay. I have bought cars, but only those that are within my means.

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“Can’t I buy a car between RM60,000 and RM100,000 when a teacher can afford to buy an RM200,000 car? Surely a deputy menteri besar can buy a car priced more than RM100,000,” he was quoted as saying by Berita Harian yesterday.

He said this when asked about claims he had bought luxury vehicles such as a Range Rover, an Audi A6 and Toyota Vellfire among others.

He, however, declined to comment further on the matter. “I can’t comment further. I’ve been advised by my lawyer to not say anything more on this matter.

“I’ve given all the information to the lawyer and this case is considered settled,” he added.


Earlier reports:

Feb 7, PAS to Cooperate in MACC’s RM90M Probe, Handing over Bank Statements

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