Fake news: Bersatu did not receive RM500mil in Goldman Sachs settlement

PETALING JAYA: Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (Bersatu) has never received any commission in Putrajaya's settlement with Goldman Sachs on the 1MDB scandal, says party Information Chief Wan Saiful Wan Jan.

Wan Saiful was referring to allegations made recently on social media, claiming that Bersatu had received RM500mil through a high-profile lawyer as a fee for helping the government to reach a settlement with Goldman Sachs.

"There are rumours claiming that Bersatu appointed an agent to draw commissions from the government's settlement in the 1MDB case.

"There are also allegations that the government isn't transparent in handling the 1MDB and Goldman Sachs issue."

Wan Saiful, who is a Bersatu political bureau member and a member in the party management committee, dismissed these allegations as slander.

"I know that all of this did not happen. I also strongly deny this slander. We did not appoint any agents and no commissions were taken. This is not our culture in Bersatu," he said.

Wan Saiful also took a swipe at the Opposition. as he accused them of spreading slander against Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin in order to cover up the fact that they do not have a candidate for the prime minister's post

"The fact is the Muhyiddin has proven that he is a respected prime minister because he is strict in caring for the people's welfare."

He claimed the persisting slander was done by the Opposition because they do not have a candidate to be the next prime minister.

"They don't have a person as caring, clean, wise and with integrity like Muhyiddin. This character assassination will not work."

On March 20, Selangor assemblyman Sallehudin Amiruddin of Parti Pejuang Tanah Air lodged a police report, urging investigations on a claim that RM500mil was paid to Bersatu through a high-profile lawyer.

Last July, Finance Minister Tengku Datuk Seri Zafrul Aziz said Goldman Sachs will pay USD2.5bil (RM10.27bil) in cash and guarantee the return of at least USD1.4bil (RM5.75bil) which was seized previously by the US government as part of the 1MDB funds.

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