Former PAS vice-president Husam Musa is unfazed over the prospect of the Islamic party suing him for alluding that RM90 million was channeled into the party via a local bank.
He believes that taking the matter to court and putting it under judicial and public scrutiny may be one way to clear the air on the matter.
“I stand by what I said in my speech in Selising, Pasir Puteh, Kelantan on Feb 6. Legal action may be one way to verify the truth of the matter,” he said in a statement today.
Husam was responding to a statement by PAS deputy president Tuan Ibrahim Tuan Man who categorically denied Husam’s remarks.
Tuan Ibrahim, in a statement yesterday, also said that the party would sue Husam for making such claims.
The PAS deputy president added that the matter was slander and a continuation of the allegations made against the party by whistleblower website Sarawak Report.
Husam argued that Tuan Ibrahim could have made the statement without proper deliberation, as he might not be in the know over the matter.
“Maybe he is unaware of neither head nor tail of the issue at hand,” he said, adding that he is uncertain if Tuan Ibrahim was speaking on his own behalf or if it was the consensus of the party leadership.
While he did not directly state that PAS has been bought over with cash in his speech, Husam had alluded that in line with its close relationship with Umno, the Islamic party might have shared access to certain funds made available by the Malay party via a local bank.
The matter of an alleged RM90 million windfall for PAS was first brought to light by Sarawak Report, though PAS vehemently denied such accusations and vowed to sue the portal.
PAS has sent a letter of demand to Sarawak Report over the matter.