PAS’ Khairuddin questions validity of Rafizi’s claim

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PETALING JAYA: A PAS MP has questioned Rafizi Ramli’s claim that he was privy to information from a former anti-graft officer about 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB)-linked money transferred to former PAS deputy president Nasharudin Mat Isa.

“If the MACC officer Rafizi is talking about is the same person I and other PAS leaders met to get an explanation on 1MDB, then it is clear Rafizi has problems evaluating the information he gets,” said Kuala Nerus MP Mohd Khairuddin Aman Razali in a statement.

Yesterday, PKR vice-president Rafizi said he was told by a former Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) officer that funds from 1MDB had gone into Nasharudin’s account and that Khairuddin knew about it.

Khairuddin said when he met the MACC officer, the officer had said he “felt” like he had caught a “glimpse” of a cheque in a lawyer’s file which he “felt” had the name of someone who had ties with PAS in the past.

“On many occasions, I asked the officer to confirm this. He said he only caught a glimpse. So we asked him to confirm it and retrieve the file.”

Khairuddin said the officer promised to try even though it would be difficult as the file was no longer with him.

He added that the officer did not state the amount of money involved and also could not state the date.

“All the information was relayed to us orally, without any documents and evidence. We took this as ‘loose’ information and not suitable to be turned into an issue or to pursue action.”

Until now, Khairuddin said, the documents they needed had not been handed to them by the officer, who is now retired.

He said Rafizi’s claims were based on the information relayed to him orally and that it wasn’t backed up by any documents, and he questioned how Rafizi could use “unclear” information upon which to base his accusations.

Khairuddin also refuted Rafizi’s claims that PAS leaders hadn’t been focusing on 1MDB, saying the Islamist party had been consistent in speaking up on 1MDB based on the principles of the government conducting business, 1MDB doing business with borrowed money and the government’s guaranteeing 1MDB’s debts, among others.

He added that Rafizi should “repent” for ruining a person’s reputation with false accusations based on “unclear” evidence.

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