No need for PAS to pay anything in Rewcastle-Brown suit, says sec-gen

PAS secretary-general Takiyuddin Hassan says party president Abdul Hadi Awang, and not PAS, was a party to the suit.

PETALING JAYA: PAS today referred to a court order in London when it dismissed a challenge to reveal if it had paid Clare Rewcastle-Brown money following an out-of-court settlement with the British journalist.

Earlier today, PKR president Anwar Ibrahim dared PAS to state if it had paid Rewcastle-Brown, the editor of Sarawak Report, in its out-of-court settlement in a defamation suit over allegations that party leaders had received money from Umno.

PAS secretary-general Takiyuddin Hassan said the consent order by the High Court of Justice in London stipulated that party president Abdul Hadi Awang – the claimant in this case – would not pursue the matter, while Rewcastle-Brown would not pursue her counterclaim.

“PAS does not need to pay any fee as we were not even a party to the suit,” he said in a statement.

Rewcastle-Brown, in her article published by Sarawak Report in August 2017, among others, suggested that senior PAS leaders could have received RM90 million from Najib Razak.

Last month, both parties agreed to an out-of-court settlement.

Takiyuddin went on to claim that Anwar’s challenge was a desperate attempt to distract the people from the alleged crisis of confidence in the ruling coalition.

It was recently reported that there was a plot to move a vote of no-confidence against Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad.

The claim has since been dismissed by Anwar and Amanah president Mohamad Sabu.