Amanah: PAS will remain tainted until Nasharudin clears name

Salahuddin-AyubPETALING JAYA: PAS can’t distance itself from the scandal that its former deputy president Nasharudin Mat Isa is implicated in, until he comes forward and clears his name.

Amanah deputy president Salahuddin Ayub said this is especially so as the allegation made by PKR vice-president Rafizi Ramli yesterday, had strong standing due to the fact that it was backed with a statutory declaration.

“As we are politicians, what happens to us will affect the party that we are in at the time, unless we come forward and clear our name.

“I hope Nasharudin will come forward and clear his name, but it’s up to him to decide if he wants to do so,” Salahuddin said to FMT last night.

Rafizi in a statutory declaration he filed yesterday, named Nasharudin, who currently heads Putrajaya’s Global Movement of Moderates (GMM), as the PAS member whom he said had received funds from a former subsidiary of 1MDB.

The Pandan MP said based on information he received from a former senior officer of the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC), money from the subsidiary, which was said to have been transferred to Prime Minister Najib Razak’s accounts, had also made its way to Nasharudin’s bank account.

Salahuddin said one of the ways Nasharudin could clear his name, is to appoint a lawyer and take legal action against Rafizi, if he felt the revelation challenged his credibility.

Meanwhile, another Amanah leader, Raja Kamarul Bahrin Shah, questioned PAS’ reaction to Rafizi’s exposè. He said it was too late for the Islamist party to distance itself from Nasharudin.

“Nasharudin had upset (the late PAS spiritual leader) Nik Abdul Aziz Nik Mat, when he went against the party’s stand against a unity government with Umno. Many people assumed he was sacked from the party, but he never was.

“It seems that the current PAS leadership, including (PAS president) Abdul Hadi Awang had been protecting Nasharudin. So, for them to now say that Nasharudin has nothing much to do with PAS, is not true.”

The Kuala Terengganu MP also claimed that Nasharudin is the bridge between PAS and Umno.

“He was appointed by Najib to head GMM, and he was also appointed as a member of the MACC panel,” he said in reference to the Consultation and Corruption Prevention Panel of the MACC.

Nasharudin was PAS deputy president from 2005 to 2013. He was sacked from PAS’ governing council in January 2013, but remained a member of the party.

Nik Aziz had reportedly said that the decision to sack him from the council was due to several factors, including Nasharudin going against the party’s stand and his failure to attend three council meetings in a row.

Subsequent reports noted that the decision came following his participation in Najib’s 2013 visit to Gaza.

Najib himself said PAS had sacked Nasharudin from the council due to its uneasiness over Umno’s success in uniting the Muslims.