Stop writing about ‘RM90 mil’ case, PAS veep tells Sarawak Report editor

Sarawak Report editor Clare Rewcastle-Brown.

KOTA BHARU: PAS vice-president Mohd Amar Nik Abdullah today said Sarawak Report editor Clare Rewcastle-Brown should not bring up the “RM90 million” case after an out-of-court settlement was reached between the PAS president and her.

“I do not understand why Clare is still writing and continuing to attack PAS on the issue.

“That is not the right attitude and it shows the lack of sincerity on her part.

“She is bound by the agreement between the two parties and should not be prolonging the issue any more,” he said.

Amar was speaking to reporters after inaugurating Kafe Al Khatiri Kofee here today. PAS secretary-general Takiyuddin Hassan and Al Khatiri managing director Salim Salleh were also present during the launch.

On Feb 2, PAS president Abdul Hadi Awang and Sarawak Report reached an out-of-court settlement to settle the former’s case against the news portal’s founder and editor.

Rewcastle-Brown, as the defendant and editor of Sarawak Report, also withdrew her counterclaim against the PAS president.

According to Amar, the allegations made by Rewcastle-Brown against PAS were baseless and without any strong evidence.

“To us, the fact that she agreed for the matter to be settled out of court indicates that she had no solid proof,” he said.

Hadi had filed his defamation suit at the London High Court following an article Rewcastle Brown wrote, which Sarawak Report published on Aug 6, 2017.

The eight-paragraph article had alleged that RM90 million was “reckoned” to have entered the accounts of top PAS leaders to woo them into supporting Umno and Barisan Nasional.