Hadi: Clare is not a voter here, not bothered by her attacks

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  • Wednesday, 13 Feb 2019

PETALING JAYA: PAS President Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang says he is not bothered by Sarawak Report articles as Clare Rewcastle Brown is not a Malaysian voter.

"There is no point if the article (written by Rewcastle Brown on the RM90mil allegation) is retracted as everyone would have already read it.

"We agreed out of court to settle the case and retract our cases and to keep the conditions confidential," says Abdul Hadi.

He said he did not mind if Rewcastle Brown continued to attack PAS, saying her attacks had not affected PAS in past general elections.

Abdul Hadi, who was speaking to the media on Feb 13 in Terengganu, was asked by the media why he had not requested Sarawak Report to retract the article from its site.

"The other day when the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (officers) came to our office, the lifts were broken. Our lifts were broken even though we were supposed to have RM90mil?" joked Abdul Hadi.

Abdul Hadi further said the audio recording of PAS Bachok MP Nik Mohamad Abduh Nik Abdul Aziz was more of an academic discussion on whether a political party should receive funding. He said it did not implicate PAS or proved it received millions from Umno.

MACC has opened an investigation into allegations that PAS received RM90mil in bribes.

The anti-graft body initiated a probe into claims that PAS was the recipient of 1MDB money after PAS President Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Abdul Awang opted for an out-of-court settlement with Rewcastle Brown.

Abdul Hadi had prior to the settlement sued Rewcastle Brown for libel over an article she published on Aug 6, 2016, alleging that the party received RM90mil in bribes from Umno.

The MACC has asked for several individuals, including current and former PAS members, to have their statements recorded.

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