Former PAS no 2 meets MACC over RM90 million claim

PUTRAJAYA: Former PAS deputy president Nasharudin Mat Isa today arrived at the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) headquarters here as the anti-graft body began a probe into a claim that some RM90 million linked to 1MDB had made its way to bank accounts belonging to PAS leaders.

Nasharudin’s name was mentioned by former Pandan MP Rafizi Ramli in April 2017, when he cited a “former MACC senior officer” who allegedly told him that the former PAS leader had received money linked to the troubled state firm.

Nasharudin has denied the allegation but has not taken legal action against Rafizi.

MACC’s investigation was launched days after the out-of-court settlement of a defamation suit by PAS president Abdul Hadi Awang against Sarawak Report editor Clare Rewcastle-Brown.

Rewcastle-Brown had suggested that senior PAS leaders could have received RM90 million from Najib Razak. The former prime minister has denied the claim.

It is believed that MACC’s latest probe was based on a police report lodged by an individual claiming RM90 million was paid to PAS leaders.

The investigation is being carried out under the Anti-Money Laundering, Anti-Terrorism Financing and Proceeds of Unlawful Activities Act 2001.

PAS has said it welcomed any investigation by MACC into claims that its leaders received 1MDB-linked funds.

Nasharudin was PAS deputy president from 2005 to 2013. He was sacked from PAS’ governing council in January 2013, but remained a member of the Islamist party.

In 2015, Nasharudin was appointed by Najib to head the now-defunct Global Movement of Moderates Foundation (GMM), replacing Saifuddin Abdullah who vacated the position after quitting Umno to join PKR.

Meanwhile, former PAS Youth chief and Bachok MP Nik Mohamad Abduh Nik Aziz was also questioned by MACC at its office in Kota Bharu.