PETALING JAYA: PAS must sue Rafizi Ramli for his claims that its former deputy president, Nasharudin Mat Isa, had received funds from a former 1MDB subsidiary.
These claims could prove detrimental to the party’s image, say political analysts.
Universiti Utara Malaysia’s (UUM) lecturer Prof Azizuddin Mohd Sani said this would lead to people wondering about the allegations.
“Keeping quiet about this (without taking legal action) will make the people believe what Rafizi said is true,” he told FMT.
Azizuddin hopes PAS files a defamation suit against Rafizi in order to clear its name.
“PAS has the right to seek legal recourse on the 1MDB money claims.”
Earlier today, Pandan MP Rafizi named Nasharudin as the PAS leader who had received money from a former 1MDB subsidiary.
In his statutory declaration (SD), he claimed he obtained the information from a former Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) senior officer investigating the flow of funds from 1MDB.
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.
He currently holds the position of chief executive officer at the Global Movement of Moderates (GMM) Foundation.
PAS secretary-general Takiyuddin Hassan, in a statement, denied that the party had received funds from Nasharudin.
He said the SD by Rafizi was based on hearsay and PAS would leave it to the authorities to take action over its contents.
Universiti Sarawak Malaysia political analyst Associate Prof Jeniri Amir agreed with Azizuddin that PAS should file a suit against Rafizi.
“If they feel this is a malicious statement, then they need to sue. And it will be up to Rafizi to prove whatever he had said is true.”
Previously, PAS had threatened legal action against Sarawak Report and former vice-president Husam Musa for allegations that the party had taken RM90 million from Prime Minister Najib Razak.
However, until today, PAS has yet to file the suit against them.
Rafizi has previously been slapped with a string of lawsuits from public figures such as former National Feedlot Corporation chief Salleh Ismail, Prime Minister Najib Razak and wife, Umno Youth deputy chief Khairul Azwan Harun as well as the Armed Forces Fund Board (LTAT) for various allegations.