PETALING JAYA: Parti Amanah Negara president Mohamad Sabu (pic) claims he has received messages from PAS members venting their frustration over the out-of-court settlement between Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang and Sarawak Report.
Mohamad said fellow Amanah leaders had also received similar messages from their friends in PAS.
He said PAS members were frustrated over the U-turn by Abdul Hadi on his libel suit against Sarawak Report editor Clare Rewcastle Brown, as the PAS top leadership had convinced members that they did not take the money as alleged.
Mohamad said the secret affair between the PAS leadership and Umno was now out in the open despite repeated denials in the past to convince members otherwise.
“I welcome PAS members and leaders to join Amanah. Although there were misunderstandings in the past, we welcome them with open arms and without any ill feeling.
“In the spirit of New Malaysia, we should join hands with the Pakatan Harapan government in the interest of the rakyat and nation and not with Umno, which ruined the country for so long,” he said in a statement.
Mohamad also claimed that the secret affair between a handful of PAS leaders and Umno had been a stumbling block to the Islamist party’s reform initiatives over the decades.
“PAS used to pride itself as a party that made decisions based on consensus. Ties were forged with Semangat 46, DAP and PKR through consensus in the past.
“That is why we find it strange why only some PAS leaders were involved in forging the relationship with Umno,” he said.
Terengganu Amanah chairman Datuk Raja Kamarul Bahrin Shah said the PAS leadership must give a full explanation on why Abdul Hadi opted for an out-of-court settlement.
He said PAS owed its supporters, who had donated to a fund to pay the legal expenses an explanation, following a recent allegation by its member Muhammad Atiullah Othman that he was among 40 people who witnessed PAS central committee member Nik Abduh Nik Abdul Aziz talk about receiving RM2mil from Umno.
“I sympathise with them as many PAS supporters are loyal and dedicated towards their leadership.
“The revelation will add to their disappointment against the party leadership, which had previously denied receiving money from Umno and instead asked them to donate more than RM3mil to defend the dignity of the party,” Raja Kamarul Bahrin said.
In a Facebook post on Feb 4, Muhammad Atiullah said: “On the day of the incident, I was right in front of Nik Abduh. No one was between us. Nik Abduh pointed his finger in my direction (when responding) in anger at Zaharuddin Muhammad, who protested ‘taking Umno money’.”
A purported audio recording of Nik Abduh talking about the money has circulated on social media.
Raja Kamarul Bahrin said some former PAS leaders, including himself, had once raised the issue of the Umno-PAS relationship involving money but they were criticised, removed from the leadership and labelled traitors.
“With this out-of-court settlement without the Sarawak Report article being retracted, in addition to Muhammad Atiullah’s revelation regarding the donation, who is the real traitor?
“The PAS top leadership must give a detailed explanation on the settlement and the allegations by Muhammad Atiullah regarding Nik Abduh receiving funds from Umno,” he said.
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