PKR and PAS at loggerheads over Datuk Seri’s involvement

  • Nation
  • Sunday, 03 Mar 2019

PETALING JAYA: Both PKR and PAS have taken to social media over the latest accusation of who paid Sarawak Report editor Clare Rewcastle Brown to settle the libel suit filed against her by Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang.

PKR vice-president Rafizi Ramli, who revealed the identity of the Datuk Seri who issued the cheque on Friday, said PAS supporters had been trying to paint him as a close friend of party president Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim.

“Yes, the Datuk Seri studied at Malay College Kuala Kangsar and was in Abim (Muslim Youth Movement of Malaysia).

“It is just like me, as I’m from Terengganu, and Hadi is also from Terengganu and he was also in Abim. But that does not make me a supporter of PAS or Anwar a PAS member.

“Since my involvement in PKR, the Datuk Seri has never been involved with PKR or Anwar.

“He was supportive of a unity government (cooperation proposed between Umno and PAS in Kelantan before the 14th General Election),” Rafizi said on Facebook yesterday.

When contacted, PAS secretary-­general Datuk Takiyuddin Hassan and other party leaders declined to comment on the claim that the prominent chairman of a government-linked company had signed a RM1.423mil cheque for Hadi to settle the suit in London.

On Feb 1, Hadi and Rewcastle Brown had agreed on an out-of-court settlement on the libel suit he filed against her on April 21, 2017, over an article alleging that PAS had received RM90mil from then Umno president Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak.

During a by-election campaign rally in Semenyih on Wednesday, Anwar had said that he had the bank statements to prove that PAS paid RM1.4mil to Rewcastle Brown to settle the suit.

The next day, Rewcastle Brown revealed the documents on her whistleblowing site as proof that Hadi had paid RM1.423mil to her, which PAS leaders denied.

On Friday, Rafizi claimed to have tracked down who actually paid RM1.423mil to Rewcastle Brown on Hadi’s behalf.

The Datuk Seri, he said, was the owner of the account from which the RM1.423mil cheque was issued.

Leaders of the Islamist party are currently being investigated by the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Com­mission (MACC) over the RM90mil allegation.

On Friday night, following Rewcastle Brown’s revelation, Hadi had called on PAS members to pray, fast and do good works in seeking divine retribution as they faced repeated attacks “from all angles”.

He did not mention what the attacks were.

“I call upon our leaders, members and supporters to worship (munajat) and appeal to Allah the Almighty by offering prayers in need (solat hajat), fasting, reciting the Quran and doing charity to all in seeking God’s favour (tawassul) for appropriate retribution in this world and the hereafter,” he said in a Facebook post.

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