PETALING JAYA: Dr Mahathir Mohamad’s media and communications adviser today said the mystery over the RM90 million allegedly paid to PAS leaders should now be solved by the authorities, following the recent out-of-court settlement reached by PAS president Abdul Hadi Awang and Sarawak Report editor Clare Rewcastle-Brown.
Kadir Jasin said the truth of the allegations by Rewcastle-Brown in her article published in 2017 could only be known if police and the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) open an investigation into the case.
He said the allegations by Rewcastle-Brown in the suit raised questions over PAS leaders commitment to Islamic principles.
“Even if Hadi is in the dark about the alleged RM90 million donation, the detailed facts and arguments by Clare were damaging to PAS,” Kadir wrote on his blog today.
Rewcastle-Brown, in her article published by Sarawak Report in August 2017, among others, suggested that senior PAS leaders could have received RM90 million 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.
Yesterday, Najib denied that he had paid money to PAS leaders, saying his bank accounts had already been scrutinised by authorities after his fall from power in May last year.
“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 said.
Kadir today said details of Rewcastle-Brown’s counter suit against Hadi had among others revealed that PAS leaders had spent the money extravagantly.
“Clare revealed how they purchased houses and cars at a time when PAS members and supporters were asked to contribute towards the party’s legal fund in the name of its struggle,” he added.