In a startling disclosure, PKR vice-president Rafizi Ramli claims to have evidence that an individual close to PAS had received 1MDB funds.
He alleged that the money was from Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak’s bank accounts.
At a press conference in Parliament this afternoon, the Pandan lawmaker challenged PAS president Abdul Hadi Awang to respond to this.
He also promised to reveal more details on this matter soon.
“I put the question to Hadi whether or not he is confident that none of the… money from Najib’s account went to a figure who is closely associated with PAS,” he said.
“I have this information and since the general election is looming, we need to bring up this matter and (I will reveal this) in one or two weeks.
“I will also wait for PAS to react because some of them know what I mean,” he said.
In an immediate response, PAS secretary-general Takiyuddin Hassan denied the allegation, and told Rafizi to file a report with the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC).
Meanwhile, Najib has repeatedly denied abusing public funds for personal gain.
The RM2.6 billion in Najib’s accounts was said to be a donation from a Saudi royalty, and attorney-general Mohamed Apandi Ali had also cleared the prime minister of any wrongdoing in this matter.
However, detractors cited the US Department of Justice (DOJ) suits related to 1MDB, where it was alleged that US$681 million went to “Malaysian Official 1”.
Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Abdul Rahman Dahlan confirmed that MO1 was Najib, but pointed out that since the suits did not name him, the prime minister was not being investigated.
Another twist emerged, when a Singaporean court heard that billionaire Jho Low, who is at the epicentre of the 1MDB scandal, had used a different name in his financial dealings involving Malaysia’s troubled investment fund.
However, Najib blamed the corruption allegations against him on those conspiring to topple him from power.
PAS, on the other hand, is in the midst of suing whistleblower website Sarawak Report and its former vice-president Husam Musa over insinuations of the party receiving RM90 million from Najib.