Hadi could still be called up about RM1.4 mil Sarawak Report cheque

Investigations are continuing into a RM1.4 million payment Abdul Hadi Awang is purported to have made.

KUALA TERENGGANU: The president of PAS, Abdul Hadi Awang, could still be called up in an anti-corruption investigation into a RM1.4 million payment he purportedly made to Sarawak Report.

Azam Baki, deputy chief commisisoner of the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission, said today that “the MACC has never announced that the case has been closed”, Bernama reported.

“There will be more individuals who will be called up to assist in the investigation.”

Hadi is alleged to have paid the money to Clare Rewcastle-Brown, editor of the Sarawak Report web site, with whom he was engaged in a defamation case he brought against her in London.

The money was purported to be payment of her legal fees. However, Hadi has denied paying any money and his supporters said the case was mutually dropped without any mention of costs.

Hadi had filed the suit against Rewcastle-Brown in London over an article in Sarawak Report in August 2017 which suggested that senior PAS leaders could have received RM90 million from Najib Razak, then prime minister and Umno president.

MACC then began investigations into an allegation that PAS leaders had received money linked to 1MDB, the state-owned investment vehicle at the centre of investigations into billions of ringgit being diverted and laundered through various bank accounts.