KUALA LUMPUR: Confident of his revelation that former PAS deputy president Nasharudin Mat Isa was a recipient of funds allegedly embezzled from 1MDB, PKR vice-president Rafizi Ramli today filed a statutory declaration (SD) over the matter.
With the SD, those who doubt him could lodge a police report, and he would be subjected to a variety of laws instead of just a civil suit, said the PKR vice-president.
“I made the SD about an hour ago. So if any of the things I said were false, a police report can be lodged and I can be arrested. That is why it is quite rare for anyone to make a SD.
“And I’m more than happy to go through the legal process because once it takes place, then we are in the position where we can drag the 1MDB issue to court again,” he told a press conference here earlier today.
The Pandan MP revealed that Nasharudin had received funds, allegedly from a former 1MDB subsidiary.
Rafizi alleged that the funds were originally channelled into Prime Minister Najib Razak’s personal account, and later, an undisclosed amount was transferred to Nasharudin.
The information, according to Rafizi, was revealed to him on Jan 28 this year, by a former Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) senior officer who had led an investigation into 1MDB, and Najib’s alleged involvement in the scandal.
“That was the first time I had communicated with him (the senior officer),” Rafizi said.
“He told me how the MACC investigation also found an amount of money paid in the form of cheques from Najib’s personal account to Nasharudin.”
In the SD, which Rafizi later distributed to the media, he claimed that Najib had made some payments to a lawyer who was questioned by MACC.
The lawyer had allegedly assisted in the transfer of funds to some individuals, including Nasharudin, he said.
Rafizi also said that he would be lodging a report over the matter, to MACC, at 11am tomorrow.
Nasharudin was known to have championed the unity government agenda between PAS and Umno. He is currently heading the Global Movement of Moderates (GMM), which is Najib’s brainchild.
Najib has repeatedly denied pocketing public funds, and has been cleared of any wrongdoing by attorney-general Mohamed Apandi Ali.
FMT tried to reach Nasharudin, but he has yet to answer any calls or respond to text messages.