Hadi: PAS will not act on alleged leaked documents

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PAS will not act on the alleged leaked minutes of meetings that included talks of toppling Umno, said party president Abdul Hadi Awang.

He said the documents are a poison-pen letter aimed at bringing down his party, after other party leaders rubbished the documents’ contents.

“PAS does not need to deny (the documents) as it is a poison-pen letter. It does not have any legal standing,” he told the media after Friday prayers in Marang, Terengganu, today.

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“We do not even know who wrote it, so there is no point in us taking action.”

PAS vice-president Ahmad Samsuri Mokhtar earlier this week denied the authenticity of the documents, which were leaked on blogs and social media on Sunday.

The contents contained notes from various meetings between leaders of PAS and other parties. They also mentioned the existence of two camps in Umno – the “PWTC Team” and “Putrajaya Team” – and that both are at odds with one another.

They contained notes about ensuring PWTC Team leaders – Umno president Ahmad Zahid Hamidi and former prime minister Najib Razak, both of whom are facing corruption charges – are swiftly locked up behind bars.

Samsuri, who the leaked minutes mention as an “operator” meeting with other political party leaders, called the documents “rubbish” and said it is a waste of time pursuing legal action.

Though Umno is riled up over the leak, Hadi insisted that it is up to PAS to lodge a police report.

He said the documents do not jeopardise PAS’ working relationship with Perikatan Nasional partners.

PAS has always held talks with other political parties, he added.

Titled Central PAS Political Engagement Report and marked as confidential, the documents have been circulating on the Internet.

The report contained minutes of meetings between Samsuri and PAS secretary-general Takiyuddin Hassan and leaders from Bersatu, Pejuang and Umno. The meetings are said to have been held between late March and early April.

The PAS duo met with Bersatu’s Mohamed Azmin Ali and Hamzah Zainudin, and Umno’s Hishammuddin Hussein and Ahmad Masrizal Muhammad, according to the report.

Samsuri also met Pejuang chairman Dr Mahathir Mohamad alone at the latter’s residence in Seri Kembangan.

The report contained information on the two alleged Umno camps and their views on when party polls should be held – before or after the 15th general election (GE15).

It also mentioned Umno’s plan to hold a special assembly to amend its constitution concerning party polls period, and to nominate Prime Minister Ismail Sabri Yaakob as Barisan Nasional’s prime ministerial candidate in GE15.

Ismail Sabri has decided not to comment on the leaked documents.

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“We don’t even know if the documents are authentic or not,” Ismail told reporters after an event in Putrajaya today, Sinar Harian reported.

Zahid’s lawyers previously said they will lodge a police report over the documents that allegedly mentioned the need for “interference” in court cases involving certain Umno leaders to “hasten their sentencing”.

Meanwhile, Umno vice-president Khaled Nordin urged party leaders whose names were mentioned in the document to explain themselves over the matter, saying their silence would only raise more questions.

While he did not name them specifically, Khaled told Malaysiakini that these Umno leaders must clarify why they had held meetings with PAS.

He said he would not be surprised if the leaked documents turned out to be authentic and that there really was a plot against Umno, citing the Islamic party’s “behaviour” of late.

Yesterday, Hamzah denied that there were internal discussions involved to bring down Umno and BN as allegedly contained in the minutes of the meeting that had been spread.

Samsuri had also rubbished the Pasleak document, admitting that he was surprised because some parties believed in its ‘authenticity’.