PETALING JAYA: The authorities should open an investigation against PAS to determine if the allegation that the Islamist party received RM90mil from Umno or funds from 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) was true, says the Youth wing of Parti Amanah Negara (Amanah).
Amanah deputy Youth chief Faiz Fadzil said that no party should escape from scrutiny if they are found to be involved in the mega scandal and the misappropriation of huge amounts of public funds.
“Nobody can escape the investigation pertaining to the 1MDB mega scandal because the abuse of its funds was humongous and dirty,” he said in a statement on Tuesday (Feb 5).
Faiz made the call after PAS president Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang opted for an out-of-court settlement with Sarawak Report editor Clare Rewcastle Brown.
Faiz added that PAS and its party leadership should be investigated by the police and the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC).
He said the party’s accounts should be frozen in line with Section 44 of the Anti-Money Laundering and Anti-Terrorism Financing Act (Amla).
“This is because the issue involves the abuse of 1MDB funds, which contained elements of corruption and money laundering, therefore PAS and the leader who received the purported funds must also be probed by the MACC and the police,” he said.
“Section 44 provides that an enforcement agency may issue an order to freeze any property believed to be proceeds from unlawful source.
“The PAS leadership suspected to be involved can be investigated under the MACC Act to determine whether the RM90mil pushed PAS to support Umno,” he said.
“The rule of law should be upheld through a fair, detailed and quick investigation to ensure that the billion ringgit worth of public funds from the 1MDB scandal can be recovered,” he added.
Abdul Hadi sued Rewcastle Brown for libel over an article she published on Aug 6, 2016, alleging the party received RM90mil in bribes from Umno.
She filed a counterclaim in October 2017 but last Friday (Feb 1), the case was settled out of court.
According to PAS treasurer Razman Zakaria, the increasing cost of legal fees is one reason why PAS opted for the out-of-court settlement.
On Sunday (Feb 3), former prime minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak denied he gave RM90mil to Abdul Hadi or PAS, as claimed in the Sarawak Report article.
Najib also said that the current Pakatan Harapan administration had thoroughly investigated Umno's bank accounts since GE14.
"If there was any payment from me or Umno, the Pakatan-led government would have frozen either Abdul Hadi's or PAS' bank accounts," he said on his Facebook post.