MACC confirms it’s probing allegation PAS received 1MDB-linked funds from Umno

PETALING JAYA: The Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) has confirmed that it is investigating allegations that PAS received RM90mil from Umno that was linked to 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB).

The MACC also confirmed it has received a copy of a report on the matter that was lodged with the police on Tuesday (Feb 5).

“A report was made by a civilian to the police, and the police have referred the report to the MACC.

“Therefore, the MACC will carry out investigations based on the authority and regulations given to the commission,” it said in a statement Wednesday (Feb 6).

News portal Free Malaysia Today had earlier reported, quoting a source, that the MACC was investigating the case under the Anti-Money Laundering, Anti-Terrorism Financing and Proceeds of Unlawful Activities Act 2001.

On Tuesday (Feb 5), the deputy chief of the Parti Amanah Negara youth wing, Faiz Fadzil, urged the authorities to open an investigation to determine if allegations that PAS received monies from Umno or 1MDB were true.

He 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.

Abdul Hadi had 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.

Terengganu Amanah chairman Datuk Raja Kamarul Bahrin Shah has also called on the PAS leadership to give a full explanation on why it opted for an out-of-court settlement with Rewcastle Brown over the defamation suit.

Earlier Wednesday, the National Patriot Association (Patriot) also called for an investigation.

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.

He also said that the current Pakatan Harapan administration had thoroughly investigated Umno's bank accounts since the 14th general election last May, which saw Pakatan taking over the federal government.

“If there was any payment from me or Umno, the Pakatan-led government would have frozen either Abdul Hadi's or PAS' bank accounts,” Najib posted on Facebook.