PAS vice-president says that the PKR MP's revelation today is aimed at tarnishing the party's image.
PETALING JAYA: PAS has distanced itself from its former deputy president Nasharudin Mat Isa, following a revelation today that he had received funds linked to 1MDB which allegedly also found its way to the prime minister’s personal accounts.
PAS vice-president Idris Ahmad said Nasharudin no longer held any post in the party and had not been active for some time.
“So what are the links to PAS?” he asked when contacted by FMT.
PKR’s Rafizi Ramli today named Nasharudin, who currently heads Putrajaya’s Global Movement of Moderates (GMM), as the PAS member whom he said had received funds from the troubled finance ministry-owned company.
He said based on information he received from a former senior officer of the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC), money from a former 1MDB subsidiary, which was said to have been transferred to Najib Razak’s accounts, had also made its way to Nasharudin’s bank account.
He further said that PAS’ Kuala Nerus MP Mohd Khairuddin Aman Razali had verified the claim with the same ex-MACC officer.
However, Idris said the revelation was just a tactic to tarnish PAS’ image.
“What else could it be?
“We didn’t receive a single sen. We can’t even pay our electricity bill. If we had the cash, we wouldn’t be in such dire straits.”
On whether PAS would take action against Nasharudin, who is still a member, Idris said it was up to the party’s disciplinary committee.
Nasharudin was PAS deputy president from 2005 to 2011 before he was replaced by Mohamad Sabu. The academic-turned-politician was removed from the party’s influential shura council in 2013.
Meanwhile, Khairuddin said he did not want to comment on the matter, saying he had yet to read the reports.
FMT could not reach Nasharudin for his reaction.