KUALA LUMPUR: Port Dickson MP Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim (pic) admits he is friends with Keretapi Tanah Melayu Bhd (KTMB) chairman Datuk Rameli Musa, who allegedly paid RM1.4mil to settle a lawsuit between Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang and Clare Rewcastle Brown.
“Rameli Musa is my close friend, but he then decided to support PAS, especially party president Abdul Hadi.
“But I do not want to use this space to fight with PAS. I think that is enough, I do not deny our friendship, but many PAS leaders are also my friends,” he said when debating the motion of thanks to the Royal Address.
Awang Hashim (PAS-Pendang) had interjected and asked the PKR president to explain his relationship with Rameli, who allegedly paid Sarawak Report editor Rewcastle Brown the out-of-court settlement with PAS.
News portal Malaysiakini reported that Rewcastle Brown had confirmed with them that Rameli made the payment.
It added that she had “no doubt that Rameli was acting on the behalf of PAS and its president Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang”.
According to Rewcastle Brown, Rameli had to keep going back for approval from PAS and Abdul Hadi after she rejected the latter’s initial offer of £100,000 (RM536,064) to drop the suit.
Previously, Rewcastle Brown had published documents to prove that she received RM1.423mil for an out-of-court settlement with PAS.
PKR vice-president Rafizi Ramli later revealed that the owner of the bank account which paid the money to Rewcastle Brown was Rameli.
Rameli has since been questioned by the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) over the alleged payment.
In 2017, Abdul Hadi sued Rewcastle Brown for libel in London over an August 2016 Sarawak Report article alleging that PAS received RM90mil to guarantee its support for Umno and Barisan Nasional.
She filed a counterclaim in October 2017, and on Feb 1 this year, Abdul Hadi opted for an out-of-court settlement.
Both Abdul Hadi and Rewcastle Brown have denied breaching the confidentiality agreement in the settlement.
PAS has also continued to stand by its statement that neither the party nor its president had paid anything to Rewcastle Brown.