Rafizi to PAS: Live up to principles, declare source of funds

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KUALA LUMPUR: PAS now has a duty to make sure that not a single sen of “questionable” money had been used to fund its activities, says PKR vice-president Rafizi Ramli.

“Generally, as a Muslim and as one of the world’s Muslim leaders, it is (PAS president) Abdul Hadi Awang’s responsibility to make sure not one sen, from dubious sources, was channelled or used by the party,” Rafizi said at a press conference here today.

He had earlier filed a statutory declaration claiming that former PAS deputy president Nasharudin Mat Isa was a recipient of funds allegedly from a former 1MDB subsidiary.

Rafizi had 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, he added, 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.

“It’s normal for others to attack me but PAS, as a party that is championing Islam, it is important for it to protect the name and the image of Islam.

“I myself would be restless if I did not know the source of my funding. PAS as an Islamic party should be more concerned,” the Pandan MP said.

He then advised PAS leaders to review its past and recent sources of funds, especially considering the alleged close ties between Nasharudin and Umno.

According to Rafizi, the payment to Nasharudin was made in exchange for PAS’ silence on all matters concerning 1MDB.

“I find it strange that PAS now appears to be avoiding 1MDB matters. And the party’s most outspoken leader who had received information straight from the horse’s mouth has until now, said nothing about it.”

Rafizi was referring to PAS Dewan Ulama information chief Mohd Khairuddin Aman Razali, who he said had met with the same informant from whom he got his information too.

Meanwhile, Rafizi said he hoped MACC would not keep mum on his revelation and the evidence he had obtained, which he would hand over to the anti-graft agency tomorrow morning.

“This is a test case for the new MACC leadership. They are on a hyperdrive now to show that they are independent. So, this is the time to prove it.”

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.