Ex-servicemen: Ascertain if claim PAS received RM90 mil from 1MDB funds true

Patriot president Brig-Gen (Rtd) Mohamed Arshad Raji.

KUALA LUMPUR: The National Patriots Association has called on the police and the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission to commence investigations into a claim by Sarawak Report editor Clare Rewcastle-Brown that PAS leaders received money that may have come from 1MDB funds.

Patriot president Mohamed Arshad Raji said in a statement the two agencies should start the probe without waiting for someone to lodge a report as the case was of public interest and because Malaysians needed to know the truth.

This is because a suit filed by PAS president Hadi Awang against Rewcastle-Brown has been dropped and Malaysians may not know the truth through this avenue.

Arshad said the case was beyond mere accusations by Rewcastle-Brown and Hadi. “At stake is the integrity of the criminal law and the millions of young minds who will be wondering if corruption and dishonesty is a way of life in modern society.”

He was referring to the out of court settlement in London of a suit by Hadi against Rewcastle-Brown and the latter’s counterclaims against Hadi.

Hadi had initiated defamation proceedings against Rewcastle-Brown in London on April 21, 2017, over her allegation that RM90 million had entered the accounts of top PAS leaders to woo them into supporting Umno and Barisan Nasional.

On Feb 2, it was reported that Hadi had settled the defamation suit out of court through a consent order dated Feb 1 at the London High Court of Justice. The terms of the consent order have not been made known.

However, Rewcastle-Brown did not apologise to Hadi and she did not remove the offending article from her website.

“Even though the case will not be adjudicated, the allegation by Rewcastle-Brown that RM90 million was paid to leaders of PAS remains. This includes a purported audio recording of Nik Abduh Nik Aziz talking about receiving RM2 million from Umno, produced as evidence by Rewcastle-Brown, and which has not been contested by Hadi Awang.

“The allegations by Rewcastle-Brown include extravagant spending of PAS leaders, how they purchased expensive cars and houses. Leaders of PAS have positioned themselves as pious, righteous and pure, and even promising a path to heaven to party members for their support.

“Malaysians are anxious to know the truth of the matter because the money paid out is allegedly derived from the 1MDB fund. Members of PAS who have donated to the party’s legal fund for Hadi Awang should also be interested to know the truth.”

Arshad also called on anyone with knowledge about the issue to file reports with the authorities.