PAS to hand over bank statements to MACC to prove innocence

PETALING JAYA: PAS has promised to hand over bank statements of party accounts to the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC), which is investigating accusations that the Islamist party received RM90mil of 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) funds.

PAS secretary-general Datuk Takiyuddin Hassan said the party will give its full cooperation to MACC to prove that it has not received any money from 1MDB.

"We give our word that we will hand over all our documents, if requested by MACC for the purpose of investigation, including bank statements of PAS Central bank accounts, to prove the allegations that PAS received RM90mil from 1MDB are mere lies and slander," said Takiyuddin in a statement released on Wednesday (Feb 6)  night.

MACC had on Wednesday confirmed that it will be investigating PAS over the RM90mil.

"PAS also welcomes any parties which may have information on those allegations to come forward to assist the authorities to conduct their investigation.

"We believe MACC will conduct the investigation as a body with integrity without fear or favour," said Takiyuddin.

The investigation was opened after a report was made with regard to allegations that PAS president Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang had received RM90mil from 1MDB accounts.

This came after Abdul Hadi agreed to an out-of-court settlement for his defamation suit against UK-based Sarawak Report editor Clare Rewcastle Brown.

PAS had sued Rewcastle Brown for libel over an article she published on Aug 6, 2016, alleging the party had received RM90mil in bribes from Umno.

Brown filed a counterclaim on October 2017.

The Marang MP had finalised the out-of-court settlement through a consent order dated Feb 1 at the London High Court of Justice.

Hadi consented to withdraw his claims against Rewcastle Brown as the defendant while Rewcastle Brown has withdrawn her counterclaims against Abdul Hadi.

There was no order as to costs by either party.

Abdul Hadi stated that he reached the decision after scrutinising all the court actions taken against him by Rewcastle Brown and after taking into account his lawyer’s advice.

Despite the settlement, Rewcastle Brown was allowed to retain the allegedly defamatory article, giving rise to suspicions that the allegations made were true.

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