The Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) has traced the alleged flow of funds from Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak’s personal account to an individual close to PAS, claimed PKR vice-president Rafizi Ramli.
According to him, this was during MACC’s investigations into 1MDB.
“From that investigation, they traced the flow of funds to an individual close to the PAS leadership,” he added in a media statement this morning.
Therefore, Rafizi said there is no need for him to submit the evidence in his posession to MACC.
The Pandan lawmaker, who yesterday challenged PAS president Abdul Hadi Awang to respond to his claim, said he would reveal the identity of the individual who purportedly received the funds in the next few weeks.
He was responding to PAS secretary-general Takiyuddin Hassan, who denied the allegation and urged Rafizi to file a report with MACC if he has proof of this matter.
Najib has repeatedly denied abusing public funds for personal gain, and accused those who claim he took 1MDB money of conspiring to topple him from power.
Attorney-general Mohamed Apandi Ali has also cleared the prime minister of any wrongdoing and confirmed that the RM2.6 billion in Najib’s accounts was a donation from a Saudi royalty.
The government has also dimissed claims of a cover-up in the matter.
‘Umno, PAS will have to face fallout’
Meanwhile, Rafizi claimed that once he exposes the identity of the person who received the funds, both Umno and PAS would have to deal with the fallout.
“The Umno leadership will once again struggle with interfering in the justice administration of the country, if the attorney-general closes the case again even though the investigation papers are completed and evidence has been collected by the MACC,” he alleged.
Rafizi said the PAS leadership at every level would have to check whether they have received any form of financial aid, donation, charity or funding for whatever purpose from the said individual.
“Because there is a huge possibility that the funds came from the rakyat through 1MDB.
“As a party that claims to champion Islam, PAS needs to be more careful than any other party about the origins of their funding to avoid sources being deemed ‘syubhah’ (dubious),” he claimed.
Rafizi said he did not want to raise this issue at first, but claimed yesterday’s episode in parliament confirmed that the issue of strengthening the syariah courts has been dragged for over a year for the benefit of Najib.
He alleged that it is clear the amendments to the Syariah Courts (Criminal Jurisdiction) Act 1965 (Act 355), which has been postponed three times, would continue to be used as bait by the prime minister.
“If parliament meets for Budget 2018 in October, I believe PAS would once again abstain during voting on the budget for fear it would affect their understanding with Najib on the Act 355 issue,” he said.
As long as the Act 355 issue is not resolved, he said Najib would continue to have the upper hand for his political machinations by using PAS.
“That is why I believe it is my responsibility to face PAS and Umno head-on about these two issues so that the rakyat can go back to the more important issues, that is the rakyat being burdened with the rising cost of living, shrinking job opportunities and decreasing pay,” he added.