MACC probing ‘RM90 mil’ case, says source

PETALING JAYA: The Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) has opened an investigation paper following a report lodged by an individual that RM90 million was allegedly paid to PAS leaders, sources said.

“We have classified the case under the Anti-Money Laundering, Anti-Terrorism Financing and Proceeds of Unlawful Activities Act 2001,” the source told FMT.

The source said the MACC received the report from police this afternoon.

Earlier today, Amanah deputy youth chief Faiz Fadzil urged the anti-graft agency to begin probing the alleged money transaction as MACC was allowed to act on information regarding corrupt practices without a written report.

The Permatang Pasir assemblyman said the media had reported widely on PAS’ defamation case against Sarawak Report editor Clare Rewcastle-Brown.

Earlier, the media and communications adviser to the prime minister Kadir Jasin said the mystery over the money allegedly paid to leaders from the Islamist party should now be investigated by the authorities following the recent out-of-court settlement reached by PAS president Abdul Hadi Awang and Rewcastle-Brown.

Kadir said the truth of the allegations by Rewcastle-Brown, in her article published in 2017, could only be known if police and the MACC open an investigation into the case.

Rewcastle-Brown, in her article published by Sarawak Report, among others, suggested that senior PAS leaders could have received RM90 million from former prime minister Najib Razak.

Hadi then filed his suit at the London High Court of Justice. Last week, it was reported that the Marang MP had agreed to undisclosed terms of a settlement with Rewcastle-Brown.

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.

Najib also 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 have taken the opportunity to freeze the bank accounts of PAS and its president.”