Just come clean, PPBM’s Tariq Ismail tells Nasharudin

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PETALING JAYA: Former PAS deputy president Nasharudin Mat Isa’s silence on allegations that he had received funds from a former 1MDB subsidiary is deafening, said Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia’s (PBBM) Tariq Ismail.

The best thing Nasharudin can do now is to just come clean, added the PPBM supreme council member.

“Either refute (PKR MP) Rafizi (Ramli) or just be transparent about receiving the money,” he said when contacted.

Rafizi today named Nasharudin, who currently heads Putrajaya’s Global Movement of Moderates (GMM), as the PAS member who had received funds from the state investment company.

Rafizi said he received the information from a former senior officer of the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC), who told him the money, transferred to Prime Minister Najib Razak’s accounts, had also made its way to Nasharudin’s bank account.

According to Tariq, technically there was nothing wrong with Nasharuddin receiving money from Najib but, ethically, receiving money from the highest civil and public servant of the country was wrong.

“Just come clean. Yes or no (whether the money was transferred into Nasharudin’s account).

“If yes, but he did not know it was from 1MDB or Najib’s own account, then make a statement with facts.”

On PAS’ reaction to Rafizi’s allegation, with its leaders appearing to distance the party from Nasharudin, Tariq said it made sense if the party claimed it was unaware of Nasharudin’s financial activities.

“But PAS should also demand that he come clean. ‘Lead me down the straight path,’ isn’t that our belief as Muslims?

“This is not an attack on PAS, but an advocacy of clean and transparent politics.”

Repeated efforts to obtain a response from Nasharudin via texts and calls, have been unsuccessful.