We’re not in MACC list, apologise, PAS Youth tells critics

PAS Youth chief Khairil Nizam Khirudin.

KUANTAN: PAS Youth today demanded an apology from the Pakatan Harapan leadership and those who previously accused the Islamist party of taking 1MDB funds.

Its newly-minted chief, Khairil Nizam Khirudin, was referring to the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission’s (MACC) recent announcement that it has filed civil forfeiture applications against 41 individuals and entities to recover money allegedly transferred from the account of former prime minister Najib Razak.

Khairil said the 41 names that were announced yesterday did not implicate anyone from PAS.

He said this is proof that the party never took 1MDB money as has been alleged in the past.

“So, we say ‘Alhamdulilah’ because the new MACC chief, Latheefa Koya, has said the same thing as former MACC chief commissioner Mohd Shukri Abdull that PAS never received any funds from 1MDB.

“We ask that individuals, including ministers who before this slandered PAS (by claiming the party took 1MDB money), to make an open apology to PAS,” he said at a press conference on the sidelines of the ongoing PAS muktamar here.

Khairil, who replaced the eldest son of PAS president Abdul Hadi Awang, Muhammad Khalil Abdul Hadi, as the new PAS Youth chief on Thursday, said evidence of this is still available on YouTube and elsewhere on the internet.

“If you are a gentleman, by all means, apologise,” he said.

“If you respect the rakyat, go ahead with the apology because this was something that was constantly used to criticise PAS before the 14th general election.

“This led to thousands of citizens believing these allegations and lies.”

Yesterday, Latheefa said the forfeitures, filed under Section 56 of the Anti-Money Laundering Act, are to recover RM270 million of 1MDB money transferred to Najib’s account and later to the individuals and entities.

The bulk of the money, totalling RM212 million, went to Umno divisions and branches, while others named were Parti Bersatu Rakyat Sabah, the Pahang MCA state liaison committee, Wanita MCA and the Liberal Democratic Party Sabah.

“We have filed the application at the Kuala Lumpur court, and once the affidavit is out, it will be served on them,” she said, adding that the commission is allowing the individuals concerned to return the money voluntarily to avoid further prosecution.