PAS to sue Sarawak Report

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PETALING JAYA: PAS will be taking legal action against the Sarawak Report for damaging the party’s name over an article alleging that the Islamic party received RM90 million from Prime Minister Najib Razak, says PAS Deputy President Tuan Ibrahim Tuan Man.

The Sarawak Report seems intent on linking PAS with Umno through its lies, said Tuan Ibrahim in a statement Monday.

“The accusation against PAS will seriously damage the public’s belief in the reports’ veracity,” Tuan Ibrahim said.

Calling it a lie, he said there seemed to be no point to the piece except to link PAS with Umno.

He said the “allegations are false and ill-intentioned”.

In a recent opinion piece, the Sarawak Report accused Prime Minister Najib Razak of “wooing the PAS Islamic party away from the Opposition coalition in the normal way he woos”.

“RM90 million is widely reckoned to have flowed into the top echelons of PAS in recent months (BN veterans would tell them they came cheap),” the comment piece read.

“To sugar matters further for PAS, Najib has gone on a crusade to show himself ‘more holy than thou’ on every PAS religious agenda, stirring up extremism in Malaysia and undermining civil law and institutions, without turning a single hair over the destabilising, divisive and dangerous consequences to his country and his own party,” the Sarawak Report had written.

“He thinks it’s clever. If a man has no charisma to attract his followers, he buys them, whatever it takes,” it said of Najib.

Sarawak Report is operated by London-based Claire Rewcasatle-Brown, whom Najib previously claimed was part of a conspiracy to topple him from power.