Husam to sue Umno activist over Genting funds claim

Zaharin-Mohd-YasinKUALA LUMPUR: Amanah vice-president Husam Musa has threatened to sue a blogger over claims that he received election-related funding from the Genting Group gambling conglomerate.

Denying that he had ever received such money, the former Kelantan state executive councillor characterised the allegation as an attempt to mar his image and reputation.

Husam, who joined Amanah on Aug 30, told a press conference at Wisma Amanah Negara here today that he would proceed with legal action against Zaharin Mohd Yasin if an apology is not forthcoming within seven days.

He showed a screenshot from a Facebook posting by Umno activist Zaharin on April 10 which sought to “corroborate” that Husam had received the funds.

Zaharin however did not mention which election the money was given for.

He had said Genting founder, the late Lim Goh Tong, was indebted to the PAS Kelantan government, and the late Nik Abdul Aziz Nik Mat as PAS spiritual advisor had asked Genting’s representative to deal with Husam who would act on behalf of the party.

Zaharin had said this after controversial blogger Raja Petra Kamarudin, who is in exile in the UK, alleged on his website ‘Malaysia Today’ on April 10 that Husam had gotten the money.

He alleged that Genting needed a Trojan horse in PAS in case the opposition took over the federal government. He said Genting was worried that PAS might push to ban casinos and Husam was supposed to make sure that dId not happen.

“I have never met and never received a single sen from Genting Group, whether it was for PAS when I was there or for myself,” Husam said.

His lawyer Faiz Fadzil said a letter of demand was sent to Zaharin today to apologise on Facebook.

“This press conference is to give public notice,” Faiz said.

Husam also said he had not shared information on his allegation that PAS received RM90 million from Umno with PKR vice-president Rafizi Ramli, who recently claimed to have been informed that funds from 1MDB had been channelled to former PAS deputy president Nasharudin Mat Isa.

“We should meet and compare the information we have,” he said.

Husam, in one of his lectures on video, said PAS had received RM90 million from Umno and that this had been exposed by the Sarawak Report website. The video has since gone viral on social media.

On Feb 10, PAS deputy president Tuan Ibrahim Tuan Man denied the allegation, and said PAS would initiate legal action against Husam.

Asked if the money was channelled to an individual account or to that of the party’s, Husam said: “I shall maintain the suspense. I do not want to be seen as attacking an individual,” he said.

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