I never paid money to Hadi, says Najib

Najib Razak has come to Abdul Hadi Awang’s defence over a claim that the PAS president and other party leaders received RM90 million. (Bernama pic)

PETALING JAYA: Najib Razak today denied he had paid RM90 million to Abdul Hadi Awang, following the PAS president’s move not to pursue a legal suit against Sarawak Report editor Clare Rewcastle-Brown who made the allegation two years ago.

The former prime minister said the authorities had already scrutinised his bank accounts as well as those belonging to Umno.

“If it’s true that there had been payments from me or Umno, the Pakatan Harapan government would definitely take the opportunity to freeze the bank accounts of PAS and its president,” Najib wrote on Facebook today, adding that it was unfair to accuse the PAS leader over the matter.

Rewcastle-Brown, in her article published by Sarawak Report in August 2017, among others, suggested that senior PAS leaders could have received RM90 million ringgit from Najib.

Hadi then filed his suit at the High Court of Justice in London.

Both parties recently agreed to an out-of-court settlement.

On Friday, Rewcastle-Brown said she was happy that the “bullying” by PAS had failed, adding that her article had remained online.

Several PAS leaders have since said the article was irrelevant and proved to have no impact on support for the Islamist party in the general election last year.