PETALING JAYA: PAS says it is not bothered with the fact that an article by Sarawak Report’s Clare Rewcastle-Brown has never been taken down, following an out-of-court settlement between the British journalist and the Islamist party’s president Abdul Hadi Awang.
PAS deputy president Tuan Ibrahim said there was no issue with the article’s availability online because it had no impact on the party.
“Whether or not they pull down the article, many people have already read it. Yet it has not affected us, because people already know,” he told Sinar Harian.
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 Razak.
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.
“I stood my ground,” she told FMT on Friday.
But Tuan Ibrahim said the allegations by her did not dent support for the party.
“If you look at the GE14 results, PAS not only retained Kelantan, but also won Terengganu. This proves that the lies did not influence voters,” he said.
Tuan Ibrahim and several PAS leaders said the decision to enter into an out-of-court settlement with Rewcastle-Brown was due to the high legal costs involved, adding that the party felt the millions of ringgit could be put to better use.