Four face probe over RM90mil claim


  • Nation
  • Friday, 08 Feb 2019

PUTRAJAYA: Investigators have rolled up their sleeves to work on the case in which PAS allegedly received RM90mil of 1MDB funds.

Their first task is to record statements from four individuals who can help shed light on the much talked about claims.

The people to be called today include members from the party who, according to sources, may have information that could help in the probe.

While sources were tightlipped on the identity of these four persons, it is highly unlikely that Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang is among them.

“No, not yet,” a source told The Star when asked if the PAS president was one of the four.

It is learnt that two of them are expected to be interviewed at the MACC headquarters here.

Others would be met at other states and locations which the sources refused to disclose.

It is understood that a team from the headquarters has left for Kelantan and will be meeting those who can help in the investigation.

Sources said there are also non-party members to be called to help in the investigation.

“At the same time, we are getting our hands on bank documents to go through,” said the source.

MACC deputy chief commissioner (operations) Datuk Seri Azam Baki confirmed that several individuals would meet his officers.

“Yes, investigation into the (RM90mil) claim has started. But we need time and space to work on the case. We don’t just need to talk to people, we also have to get documents for us to work on,” he said.

Aside from bank statements, the MACC is trying to get hold of the London court documents filed by both Abdul Hadi and Sarawak Report editor Clare Rewcastle-Brown.

The MACC launched a probe after receiving a report on the allegation, which was lodged by an individual at the Kajang district police station on Tuesday.

The probe is being conducted under the MACC Act and the Anti-Money Laundering, Anti-Terrorism Financing and Proceeds of Unlawful Activities Act.

Abdul Hadi had opted for an out-of-court settlement with Rewcastle Brown, whom he had sued for libel over an article she published on Aug 6, 2016, alleging that the party received RM90mil in bribes from Umno.

(The Sarawak Report article implied that Umno paid RM90mil, perhaps from 1MDB funds, to PAS leaders to secure their support.

But former prime minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak denied such a payment, saying that the Pakatan Harapan administration which had scrutinised Umno’s bank accounts since the 14th general election would have frozen either Abdul Hadi’s or PAS’ bank accounts if there were such payments.)

Rewcastle-Brown filed a counterclaim in October 2017.

Just last week, the case was settled out of court with PAS citing legal fees as one reason why it opted for an out-of-court settlement.


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