KUALA LUMPUR: Pandan MP Rafizi Ramli’s revelation that former PAS deputy president Nasharudin Mat Isa received money linked to 1MDB has raised questions about the integrity of at least some PAS leaders.
It also possibly explains why PAS “wasted so much time” on tabling and retabling the shariah law amendment bill, according to Amanah strategy director Dr Dzulkefly Ahmad.
He said in a statement today that it was “regrettable” and “puzzling” that PAS had done this when it was in a good position to have pursued “the crime of kleptocracy”, as at least one of PAS’s leaders is said to have been informed about the 1MDB-linked money by a Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission official.
Rafizi had yesterday made a statutory declaration (SD) that Nasharudin had received funds from a former 1Malaysia Development Bhd (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.
He said he had been told this by a former senior MACC officer, who had shared the same information much earlier with the information chief of PAS’ Ulama wing, Khairuddin Aman Razali.
Saying it was understandable that PAS was distancing itself from Nasharudin after the revelation by PKR vice-president Rafizi, Dzulkefly noted that PAS secretary-general Takiyuddin Hassan had dismissed the allegation as heresay.
“For Takiyuddin to remark that Rafizi’s SD is as good as ‘hearsay’, speaks volumes of his attitude,”
He noted that PAS deputy president Tuan Ibrahim Tuan Man had played down the issue, too, saying he did not “see a problem with him (Khairuddin) being aware of it”.
“The bone of contention is, while Khairuddin was well aware of the kleptocracy perpetrated on both 1MDB (having heard it) from the horses mouth, so to say, what did he do to present and communicate the grave matter to the central leadership of PAS?”
Dzulkefly said Khairuddin should have been aware that this was public money.
Dzulkefly asked: “Wasn’t Khairuddin aware of the gravity of embezzlement heatedly debated in the Parliament in relation to 1MDB and in fact on the world stage, as to at least make him become immediately alert once told of it by the MACC officer?
“Whether PAS actually benefited from and obtained any form of financial help from Nasharudin is for the MACC to determine and decide.”
Saying there was definitely “more than meets the eye” to the whole business, including Hadi’s bill, he added: “But everyone must be restrained and not be too presumptuous or judgmental. Allow the law to take its course.”