PAS continues to defend Nik Abduh, says party did not receive RM90mil from Umno


Takiyuddin says Nik Abduh's words in the recording were taken out of context and that he was not quoted in full.

Takiyuddin says Nik Abduh's words in the recording were taken out of context and that he was not quoted in full.

SEMENYIH: PAS continues to defend Nik Abduh Nik Aziz over the controversial video recording, saying that the Bachok MP had to save the party's image.

PAS secretary-general Takiyuddin Hassan said Nik Abduh's words in the recording were taken out of context and that he was not quoted in full.

"After evaluating the recording, I found that only part of what he said was quoted. What he said was taken out of context," he said.

Takiyudin said this after he was asked to comment about Nik Abduh initially denying a controversial recording in which he mentioned that PAS received millions of ringgit from rival Umno last year.

Nik Abduh has since confessed that it was indeed his voice in the recording.

"He was not lying. It's just that in certain situations for certain matters, you sort of don't want to confirm anything. That's all," he said, adding that it was merely a strategy to counter attempts to tarnish the Islamist party's image during the 14th General Election.

"The purpose of the allegations that we received RM90mil was to tarnish our image.

"In that context, we as victims of circumstances, had to strategise our move. We are not admitting to certain things (but) telling things the other way around," he said.

Takiyuddin said that PAS would continue to investigate the controversial recording in full but did not say how Nik Abduh's words were taken out of context.

Takiyuddin was also adamant that PAS did not receive the RM90mil as evidenced by its statement of accounts.

He said he had sent the statements dating back to 2015 to the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC).

"It seems that until now, MACC has not found a huge amount of money in our statement of accounts. That’s very clear.

"Whether implied or indirectly, there was no record whatsoever of us receiving RM10mil, what more RM90mil," he said.