Probe into RM90mil ramps up

PUTRAJAYA: The anti-graft investigation into the alleged controversy involving PAS and RM90mil in 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) funds has picked up steam, with several of its current and past leaders hauled in for questioning.

One of the key figures implicated, PAS central committee member Nik Abduh Nik Aziz, was questioned for about two hours at the Malaysia Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) state headquarters in Kota Baru yesterday.

Over here, the party’s former deputy president Datuk Dr Nasha­rudin Mat Isa faced a gruelling interrogation at the MACC headquarters.

Nik Abduh, the Bachok MP and son of former PAS spiritual adviser Datuk Nik Aziz Nik Mat, arrived at the MACC office in Jalan Lundang at 10.20am.

Bernama quoted him as saying that he was a victim of “mistaken identity” and he denied any knowledge of the RM90mil in question.

“I think those who lodged a report against me got the wrong person. I have no knowledge of the RM90mil funds,” he was quoted as saying.

An audio recording, allegedly of 49-year-old Nik Abduh admitting that PAS had received money from Umno, had gone viral.

Nasharudin, the executive chairman of the now defunct Global Movement of Moderates (GMM) Foundation, arrived at the headquarters here at 8.40am in a grey Mercedes-Benz.

The 57-year-old former PAS stalwart was allowed to leave at 1pm for lunch and to perform Friday prayers before having to return for further questioning.

“The investigators asked me to provide financial statements from my personal accounts, as well as those of my foundation.

“They asked me to explain the source of funds or how it was spent. I cooperated and explained every­thing that was needed,” he told reporters stationed outside.

“I am satisfied with the whole process and will give my full support to the MACC investigation.

“I also urge others who claim to have evidence on this matter to come forward to the MACC,” said Nasharudin, who is the chairman of Yayasan Nassar.

The interrogation continued till late evening with no sign of Nash­arudin exiting the MACC building. Sources said he was not expected to be detained overnight.

It is learnt that former PAS vice-president Senator Datuk Hus­am Musa, who is now Parti Amanah Neg­ara vice-president, is also supposed to be hauled up for questioning.

When contacted, Husam said he would extend his cooperation to MACC if he was called up.

MACC confirmed earlier this week that it had initiated the investigation into the RM90mil fund after police reports were lodged on the matter.

This came shortly after the decision by PAS president Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang to agree to an out-of-court settlement involving a defamation suit he filed against whistleblower site Sarawak Report.

The site claimed that PAS received RM90mil from Umno, with the money suspected to have originated from the controversial 1MDB fund.

The allegation has been repeatedly denied by PAS and Umno.