PAS deputy president Tuan Ibrahim Tuan Man has distanced his party from former PAS deputy president Nasharudin Mat Isa, claiming that the latter had not given any contributions to the party.

This was after PKR vice-president Rafizi Ramli accused Nasharudin of receiving funds linked to SRC International Sdn Bhd, a former subsidiary linked to 1MDB.

“Firstly, Nasharudin is no longer a party leader and has nothing to do with the party.

“He is also no longer active in the party since he lost in the PAS deputy president contest in 2011.

“PAS stresses that it had never received any contributions from Nasharudin,” Tuan Ibrahim said in a statement today.

Tuan Ibrahim said PAS would welcome it if the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission investigated the matter.

“For PAS, Rafizi’s revelation does not affect the party…

“PAS welcomes the authorities’ investigation to clear its name,” he said

Tuan Ibrahim went on to warn against slanderous tactics.

“The people still remember the tactics of slander used to bring down (PKR de facto leader) Anwar Ibrahim who is still in prison as well as Khalid Ibrahim as Selangor Menteri Besar which ended with an apology from those who had accused latter,” he said.

PKR had in 2014 accused Khalid of wrongdoing after he refused to step down as menteri besar.

Khalid subsequently sued PKR secretary-general Saifuddin Nasution for the allegations but the case was resolved following an apology.

Tuan Ibrahim also questioned if Rafizi was trying to divert attention through the revelation.

“Is Rafizi’s revelation only to seek cheap publicity or to deliberately distract attention from the Act 355 amendments which has been well-received by the majority of Muslims? Only he knows,” he said.

Tuan Ibrahim was referring to PAS’ initiative to amend the Syariah Courts (Criminal Jurisdiction) Act 1965 which would allow the Syariah Courts to mete out heftier punishment for Syariah offences.

Earlier today, Rafizi released a statutory declaration in which he claimed Nasharudin had received funds linked to SRC International Sdn Bhd.

He claimed the funds were channelled from Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak’s personal bank accounts via a law firm, based on information from a retired senior MACC official.

Malaysiakini has repeatedly tried contacting Nasharudin, via emails, fax, phone calls and text messages, for comment on this allegation, but did not receive any response.

Funds linked to 1MDB and SRC International Sdn Bhd entering the prime minister’s personal bank accounts was previously a subject of investigation by the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission.

However, attorney-general Mohamed Apandi Ali in January last year cleared the prime minister of wrongdoing on the grounds that the multi-billion ringgit deposits were a “donation” from a member of the Saudi Arabia royal family.

He also said that the prime minister had no knowledge of the SRC funds entering his personal bank accounts.

Najib had denied wrongdoing or taking public funds for personal gains.

– M’kini