SEMENYIH: PAS leader Nik Abduh Nik Abdul Aziz was not lying when he denied that he was the person speaking in an audio recording in which he was said to have confessed that the Islamist party had received millions of ringgit from rival Umno, party secretary-general Takiyuddin Hassan said today.
“He actually did not lie. But in certain situations, for certain matters, you cannot confirm it. That is all,” he told reporters after the announcement of Barisan Nasional’s candidate for the Semenyih by-election here today.
Takiyuddin said the Bachok MP was partially quoted and his statement was taken out of context.
“In politics, sometimes you need strategy. The purpose of the RM90 million allegation was to tarnish PAS’ image, especially during the 14th general election.
“In that context, we are a victim of circumstances, we have to strategise our move.
“That is why sometimes (when) we do not admit to certain things, we are telling (it) the other way round. It is not a lie,” he said.
Takiyuddin, who is Kota Bahru MP, said from day one PAS had said it never received the money. He said the party had already given the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) all its statements of account from 2015 to 2018.
“It seems that until now, there is no finding from MACC that they found a huge amount of money in our statements of account. That is very clear.
“Impliedly or indirectly, there is no record whatsoever that we received RM10 million, what more RM90 million,” he said.
He added, the party needed to listen to the entire audio recording first to get the full picture.
Takiyuddin had previously said that Nik Abduh had confessed to saying the things in the recording, but claimed the conversation about the money in the audio was taken out of context.
The man in the audio recording had purportedly discussed receiving RM2 million from Umno, which Sarawak Report editor Clare Rewcastle-Brown produced as evidence to back her allegation that PAS took RM90 million from then Umno president Najib Razak.
Nik Abduh, in April last year, denied he was the person in the recording, and claimed the audio was fabricated to tarnish his image.
PAS president Abdul Hadi Awang filed the defamation suit at the London High Court over an article published by the Sarawak Report alleging that RM90 million was “reckoned” to have entered the accounts of top PAS leaders to woo them into supporting BN and Umno.
An out-of-court settlement has since been reached between Rewcastle-Brown and Hadi.