PAS welcomes MACC probe, vows to hand over related documents

PAS secretary-general Takiyuddin Hassan.

PETALING JAYA: PAS has promised to hand over documents, including its bank statements, to the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission which has initiated investigations into the RM90 million that was allegedly paid to the Islamist party’s leaders.

“This is so we can prove that the allegations that PAS received RM90 million from 1MDB are untrue,” the party’s secretary-general Takiyuddin Hassan said in a statement, referring to the claim by Sarawak Report (SR), a whistleblower site.

The anti-graft agency yesterday confirmed it had opened an investigation paper following a report lodged by an individual over the matter. The MACC said it would soon call in several people for questioning.

A 2017 article by Clare Rewcastle-Brown, the SR editor, alleged that senior PAS leaders could have received the sum from former prime minister Najib Razak.

PAS president Abdul Hadi Awang then filed a suit at the London High Court of Justice.

Last week, it was reported that the Marang MP had reached an out-of-court settlement with the London-based journalist and agreed to undisclosed terms in the settlement.

PAS leaders have since said the decision to withdraw the suit 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.

Takiyuddin said that the party was prepared to extend its fullest cooperation to the authorities.

“We also welcome those who claim to have information on this matter to come forward and reveal the identity of those who are said to have received the money so that the authorities can take further action.”