Last year, Sarawak Report alleged that the top leadership in PAS had accepted RM90 million from Prime Minister Najib Razak.
The Marang MP is suing Sarawak Report’s founder and editor Claire Rewcastle-Brown for publishing an article last August alleging PAS leaders to have received monies linked to sovereign investment fund 1Malaysia Development Berhad.
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Hadi is suing Rewcastle-Brown over an article she wrote in August 2016, which alleged that Hadi, who leads the opposition Islamist party, PAS, had received RM90 million in bribes from Prime Minister Najib Razak.
10 November 2017
November 10, 2017
Husam claims RM90 million sent to PAS via local bank
PETALING JAYA: Former PAS vice-president Husam Musa has alleged that transactions totalling more than RM90 million were made to several PAS leaders through a local bank recently.
The Salor state assemblyman, who joined Amanah in August last year, claimed he had seen the source of the information and confirmed its accuracy and truth.
“A certain amount of money was channelled through the bank to several parties linked to the PAS leadership,” he said, adding that there were other transactions made through the same channel.
He called on PAS to investigate and legally pursue the matter by using the Banking and Financial Institutions Act 1989, saying the courts could order the bank to reveal the accounts and transactions involved.
The party could also set up a team to investigate the veracity of the allegation.
“The transactions that took place cannot be erased,” Husam, who was sacked by PAS in May last year, said in an online interview called ‘Terus Terang” (clear-cut).
He said PAS members and leaders had the locus standi to take PKR vice-president Rafizi Ramli to court over his allegation in April that former PAS deputy president Nasharudin Mat Isa had received funds related to 1Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB).
“Rafizi has made a statutory declaration that till today has not been challenged by Nasharudin Mat Isa or by other PAS leaders,” said Husam, who was appointed Amanah vice-president in April this year.
He said the PAS members had, however, not shown any interest to take action against Rafizi and demand that he proved his allegation in court.
He claimed there was a proposal in the party to sue him after he was quoted by an online portal as saying that money had been transacted via the bank, but the proposal had gone silent.
I’ve seen evidence of Umno’s funds transfer to PAS, says Husam Musa
FORMER PAS vice-president Husam Musa said he has seen for himself evidence that PAS leaders had received money from ruling Malay party Umno to the tune of more than RM90 million.
The evidence involved banking transactions through Affin Bank, the Kelantan Amanah politician said in a dialogue session posted on his Facebook page last night.
“I’m not playing with words. I’m speaking after having seen for myself the source of information, and after determining that it is accurate and correct.
“The money was channelled through Affin Bank to several parties related to the PAS leadership, besides other banking evidence,” said the Salor assemblyman.
Husam, who has spoken about the transactions before, said the amount given to PAS leaders exceeded RM90 million.
“In my previous speech, I did not mention the amount. I only mentioned the name of Affin Bank.
“I still stand by what I have said, other than revealing the amount now,” he told interviewer Syed Ibrahim Syed Noh in the recorded dialogue.
Husam, who was sacked from PAS in May last year for criticising its leadership, had made similar claims at an Amanah ceramah in Kelantan earlier this year.
Another opposition politician who has alleged that a PAS leader had received money from Umno is PKR’s Pandan MP Rafizi Ramli.
Husam noted, however, that Rafizi was not being sued, while Rewcastle-Brown was.
Rewcastle-Brown, in her statement of defence, named PAS leaders who had benefited from the money allegedly given by Umno.
Luxury vehicles were cited as among the items these leaders had purchased.
3 November 2017
Hadi’s statement: Clare didn’t verify claims, treated him with contempt
PAS president Abdul Hadi Awang has accused Sarawak Report editor Clare Rewcastle-Brown of not verifying the allegations against the Islamist party in her article.
He said the London-based Rewcastle-Brown did not check with him nor anyone else in PAS regarding the matter before publication.
“Nor did she afford him (Hadi) or PAS any opportunity to comment,” read his statement of claim filed on April 21, 2017 and sighted by Malaysiakini.
The PAS president revealed that his solicitors had complained to Rewcastle-Brown on behalf of him in a letter but did not receive a response despite a chasing request on Jan 5, 2017.
He also cited a Malaysiakini report dated Dec 17, 2016, in which the Sarawak Report editor was quoted as saying, “I note that PAS has paid a law firm to send a letter, which has no legal validity, and then immediately indulged in posturing in the media on the basis of that letter and in advance of their own deadline for a reply”.
He also pointed to a Sarawak Report article dated Feb 11, 2017 which stated that Hadi does not have a case.
“That article referred to the complaint made by the claimant and stated the following: ‘Sarawak Report is of the opinion that this individual does not have a case and neither does he embody the party PAS, which has not as an entity submitted any letters, claims or threats and would be hard-pressed to find grounds to sue under British law.
“We suspect that his own lawyers have given him the same advice, which would explain his failure to file a writ. Two months on, we assume he chickened out’.”
Read more at https://www.malaysiakini.com/news/400626#zKzQrgxm1MesVCVg.99
2 November 2017
Clare claims slain DPP gave her alleged draft charge sheet on Najib
Sarawak Report editor Clare Rewcastle-Brown has claimed that murdered MACC-linked deputy public prosecutor Kevin Morais sent her a draft of an alleged charge sheet, which the authorities later claimed was fake, against Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak on the 1MDB scandal.
She made the claim in her defence statement in relation to a defamation suit filed against her in the UK by PAS president Abdul Hadi Awang.
She also claimed that she received the document a day after former attorney-general Abdul Gani Patail was removed from his position on July 27, 2015.
“The defendant (Rewcastle-Brown) had received the draft indictments and information relating to the planned prosecution of Najib and the consequent dismissal of (Gani), the day after that dismissal, from a public prosecutor, Kevin Morais,” read the defence statement sighted by Malaysiakini.
Gani was removed on the grounds of health reasons. At the time he was heading a joint-taskforce probing the 1MDB issue.
Days after his removal, on July 30, Sarawak Report published a report claiming that there was a charge sheet against Najib regarding the alleged misappropriation of RM42 million from SRC International into his personal accounts.
Rewcastle-Brown further claimed that Morais had given her information regarding the MACC probe into former-1MDB subsidiary SRC International and that the lawyer had planned to meet her in London.
Former MACC chief Abu Kassim Mohamed denied that the lawyer was involved in the 1MDB probe – which looked at both the alleged RM42 million SRC International transfer, as well as the RM2.6 billion donation from a Saudi Royal into Najib’s accounts.
“Morais was transferred out of the MACC in July 2014, one year before the investigations into 1MDB ever began, and never attended any of the special task force meetings chaired by the former attorney-general.
“We would like to put the record straight that MACC has never sought advice from Morais on both cases. Therefore, Morais could not be, and was not, involved in writing any charge sheet relating to 1MDB or the prime minister.
“Any statement to the contrary is completely false,” Abu Kassim had said.
Claim No. HQ17M01386
IN THE HIGH COURT OF JUSTICE QUEEN’S BENCH DIVISION
MEDIA AND COMMUNICATIONS LIST BETWEEN
HONOURABLE ABDUL HADI AWANG MP (Claimant)
CLARE REWCASTLE BROWN (Defendant)
DEFENCE AND COUNTERCLAIM
Nasharudin and other senior PAS personnel have also benefitted personally, enjoying and exhibiting a new affluence from the money channelled into the party by Najib Razak.
Nasharudin has shown his new-found wealth by acquiring vehicles costing not less than RM1.5 million (including a BMW 525 priced at RM388,000, a Mini priced at RM230,000, a Toyota Vellfire priced at RM290,000, a Toyota Camry, priced at RM150,000 and a Toyota Fortuner priced at RM200,000 and property, including a house at Banggi, Selangor, worth RM3 million, bought with cash. PAS MPs and senior party figures have bought new, luxury cars and new houses and married second and third wives, spending conspicuously in excess of their political salaries and what they could previously afford.
In this way, the Deputy Chief Minister of Kelentan, Mohd Amar Nik Abdullah, has acquired a fleet of luxury cars, including a Range Rover, Audi 6, Toyota Vellfire and Toyota Attis and built several houses for his family. The Spiritual Leader Hashim
Jasim acquired a Porsche Cayman car. PAS MP and Information Chief Khairuddin Aman Razali gave his second wife a RM500,000 Audi Q7 car as a gift. PAS Information Chief Nasrudin Hassan Tantawi bought a RM300,000-plus Toyota Vellfire. Secretary to the Syura Council, Nik Muhammad Zawawi Nik Salleh acquired a luxury Mercedes with the number plate PAS 9, itself worth around RM100,000, and a luxury Audi. Takiyuddin bin Hassan, MP for Kota Baru and Secretary General of PAS has acquired a fleet of expensive cars and a luxury motorbike, including a Volkswagen Passat priced about RM160,000 with personalized number plate TAK 11, itself worth up to RM100,000, Muhammad Khalil, PAS Youth Leader, has acquired a luxury BMW motorbike. Mokhtar Senik, chairman of the PAS Pahang Ulama Council, has acquired a luxury Mercedes and Toyota…”
The current legal tussle in the UK is between Clare Rewcastle-Brown and PAS President Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang. If you don’t already know this, you would think its Clare and Ambiga versus Rahman Dahlan and UMNO bloggers , judging by the news on internet.
It is a strange legal suit to begin with. Its Hadi who is suing Clare although the sting of her statement about Ringgit 90 million “gift” from Najib was directed generally at top party leaders. The others did nothing to sue Clare. Another strange aspect to this case is that while Hadi is the claimant, it’s UMNO and Malaysian Embassy in London who have shown great interest in the case.
Clare’s disclosure about the wealth and ostentatious lifestyles of PAS leaders isn’t anything that Malaysians don’t already know about. Bringing the claim against Clare in London will only result in those stories circulating at a much more frantic pace and deeper into the rural parts of Malaysia.
People from all corners of Kelantan and Terengganu already know about of the “transformation” of PAS leaders. Once upon a time, these leaders had little wealth and lived simple lives under the late Tok Guru Datuk Nik Abdul Aziz Nik Mat. Those days differ markedly from now, when PAS leaders have expensive houses, fancy cars with fancy number plates and multiple wives.
The question everyone is asking is where did these people get the money for such quick transformations of their lives? The answers come from many sources because people from all walks of life have started talking.
Datuk Ambiga Sreenavaseen is not the only person who has been told about the wealth of PAS leaders by friendly sources. I too have friends who have shown me photographs of Nasharuddin Mat Isa’s house and cars, and how he now travels first class, unlike the days when he was in PAS under Nik Aziz. Datuk Takiyuddin Hassan is the PAS Secretary-General and he lives in Kota Bharu. I don’t remember him having a huge legal practice or any successful businesses to warrant his current lifestyle. But he is wealthy now — how else can he afford the number plate “TAKII” as disclosed by Clare in her court documents?
Another strange aspect about this case is the vigour in which Minister Rahman Dahlan is attacking Ambiga for her alleged communication with Clare. What’s UMNO interest in this case?
What is clear is this: Most people know where the money comes from…
It’s the death knell for any political party to sell its principles for cash.
Clare: Hadi, Najib colluding to exploit London case proceedings
Sarawak Report editor claims PAS officials benefited from enormous secret payments from Najib to withdraw party from Pakatan Rakyat coalition.
PETALING JAYA: Clare Rewcastle Brown claims PAS president Abdul Hadi Awang has colluded with Najib Razak or his agents to exploit the London court proceedings as part of their propaganda effort to exonerate the prime minister.
In her counter-claim in response to Hadi’s defamation suit, the whistleblower website editor said they want to discredit her and Sarawak Report in its justified campaign that Najib be removed from office and be brought to justice for his alleged corrupt and criminal conduct.
In court papers sighted by FMT, Clare said Hadi, whether by himself or his agents, had been party to the publication of a series of articles, viciously or racially abusing, defaming and harassing her on the Third Force and Malaysia Today websites.
In a counter-claim filed on Oct 11, she said these publications amounted to harassment and she wanted the court to award her damages for severe stress, anxiety and distress caused to her and an injunction restraining Hadi from further harassment.
Lawyer SN Nair had said Clare would stand to obtain costs and damages if the court dismissed Hadi’s suit and allowed the counter-claim.
October 12, 2017
Clare files defence, counter claim against Hadi
PETALING JAYA: Clare Rewcastle Brown has filed her defence in response to PAS president Abdul Hadi Awang’s defamation suit against the editor of the whistleblower website, Sarawak Report.
She also revealed that a counter-claim had been filed against Hadi.
“The defence and counterclaim were filed in the UK High Court this afternoon,” she told FMT in an e-mail.
Clare, who did not provide details, said the filing includes a summary of the lengthy full document.
Last week, in updating FMT on the suit, Clare said she would file her defence very soon.
Meanwhile, lawyer SN Nair said Clare would stand to obtain costs and damages if the court dismissed Hadi’s suit and allowed the counterclaim (fresh suit).
“She would only stand to get costs if Hadi is unable to prove his case.
“Clare has gone another step to file an action against the PAS leader,” he said.
6 August 2017
Who’s footing the bill for Hadi’s costly UK suit, asks Rewcastle-Brown
SARAWAK Report editor Clare Rewcastle-Brown, who is being sued for defamation by PAS president Abdul Hadi Awang, is wondering where the money for his legal expenses are coming from, as it is not cheap to file such a suit in the UK.
The London-based journalist is being sued over her article that appeared on the whistleblower site last August that alleged Hadi had received RM90 million in bribes from Prime Minister Najib Razak in return for support.
With less than three weeks to enter her defence, she said Hadi’s lawyer in the UK had so far refused to reveal who was paying for the case.
“Nor have they explained why their client is suing in London and not in KL (Kuala Lumpur), where more than a handful of people have at least heard of Hadi Awang.
“Perhaps Hadi can reveal if it is he or his party who is footing the bill for this expensive case, which by just this stage can be estimated to have cost him around £100,000, or RM600,000?” she said in an email response to The Malaysian Insight.
Rewcastle-Brown posed the question after the court in London accepted Hadi’s offer last week to pay RM80,000 in deposit as security in the event he loses his defamation suit.
She said during case management proceedings on August 2, several officials from the Malaysian High Commission had attended to listen and take notes while nobody from PAS was present, adding that she found this suspicious.
Hadi’s political secretary Dr Ahmad Samsuri Mokhtar had explained the presence of high commission officials in a press statement yesterday.
“The Malaysian High Commission in London sent representatives to attend, … to observe the proceedings as many political allegations were made against the Prime Minister of Malaysia, the government of Malaysia and the judiciary in Malaysia by Clare Rewcastle-Brown in documents that she is filing into court,” he said.
Sarawak Report editor to pay PAS president RM80,000 legal costs
THE London Court has ordered Sarawak Report editor Clare Rewcastle-Brown to pay two-thirds of the cost of her application to compel PAS president Abdul Hadi Awang deposit money with the court as security in case he loses his defamation suit against the UK-based journalist.
PAS political secretary Ahmad Samsuri Mokhtar said Brown will have to pay £15,000 (RM83,700) to Hadi now, with the quantum of the balance to be assessed by the court in due course.
The court ordered the payment in recognition of the “flawed basis” of Rewcastle-Brown’s application, in which she argued that she could not successfully bring a legal suit against Hadi in Malaysia because the judiciary, government and prime minister were corrupt and in cahoots with Hadi.
Samsuri said the argument was rejected by the court for lack of basis.
“As the court observed, these serious allegations were not supported by any evidence from Brown whatsoever, despite having months to provide some.
“The court made it very clear that without any evidence, the court cannot accept that another sovereign state that has good ties and relationship with the UK is corrupt,” he said in a statement.
Hadi offered to pay a RM80,000 deposit, which the court accepted, Samsuri said.
29 April 2017
Hadi explains why Nanyang’s monkey caricature forgivable but not Sarawak Report
ALOR SETAR, April 29 — While PAS can forgive Nanyang Siang Pau, the same sentiment cannot be extended to UK-based website Sarawak Report, Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang said today.
The Islamist party president noted that the Chinese daily had been quick to apologise for publishing a caricature depicting him and Dewan Rakyat Speaker Tan Sri Pandikar Amin Mulia as monkeys after the fast-track tabling of his private member’s Bill to amend the Syariah Courts (Criminal Jurisdiction) Act 1965 earlier this month.
“We have forgiven Nanyang Siang Pau, and they have apologised as well. But Sarawak Report, we can’t let it go.
“This is about the party’s dignity, we have to take action,” he told a news conference after opening the 63rd PAS general assembly here this morning.
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27 April 2017
PAS president sues Sarawak Report editor in London court
ALOR SETAR: PAS president Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang has filed a defamation suit against Claire Rewcastle Brown for suggesting that he received a bribe from the Government.
Abdul Hadi filed the suit in a London court on April 21, seeking damages and an injunction order over an article published on the Sarawak Report website in August last year.
The article alleged that the PAS president personally received a large sum of cash from Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak in exchange for the Islamist party to compromise on its political stand on certain issues.
PAS asks members to donate RM5 each to sue Sarawak Report
PAS today asked its members to donate RM5 each towards a fund to finance a defamation suit against the Sarawak Report news portal.
PAS resorted to the donation drive as the party does not have sufficient funds to sue Sarawak Report, said PAS deputy president Tuan Ibrahim Tuan Man at his opening speech at the launch of the PAS Youth meeting in Alor Star today.
“PAS has no money but PAS members are willing to sacrifice to defend the dignity of the party.
“Collecting RM5 per person, we will have enough to finance the costs,” said Tuan Ibrahim.
8 August 2016
PAS to sue Sarawak Report
PAS Deputy President Tuan Ibrahim Tuan Man says SR’s allegation that top PAS leaders received RM90 million from Najib Razak is false.
PETALING JAYA: PAS will be taking legal action against the Sarawak Report for damaging the party’s name over an article alleging that the Islamic party received RM90 million from Prime Minister Najib Razak, says PAS Deputy President Tuan Ibrahim Tuan Man.
The Sarawak Report seems intent on linking PAS with Umno through its lies, said Tuan Ibrahim in a statement Monday.
“The accusation against PAS will seriously damage the public’s belief in the reports’ veracity,” Tuan Ibrahim said.
Calling it a lie, he said there seemed to be no point to the piece except to link PAS with Umno.
He said the “allegations are false and ill-intentioned”.
In a recent opinion piece, the Sarawak Report accused Prime Minister Najib Razak of “wooing the PAS Islamic party away from the Opposition coalition in the normal way he woos”.
“RM90 million is widely reckoned to have flowed into the top echelons of PAS in recent months (BN veterans would tell them they came cheap),” the comment piece read.
“To sugar matters further for PAS, Najib has gone on a crusade to show himself ‘more holy than thou’ on every PAS religious agenda, stirring up extremism in Malaysia and undermining civil law and institutions, without turning a single hair over the destabilising, divisive and dangerous consequences to his country and his own party,” the Sarawak Report had written.
‘RM90 million for PAS’ claim a widespread suspicion, says S’wak Report
Sarawak Report editor Clare Rewcastle-Brown has clarified that the claim that Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak had wooed PAS with RM90 million was merely a “widespread suspicion”.
This is after PAS deputy president Tuan Ibrahim Tuan Man earlier today cried foul over the allegation, which was published in a commentary on Sarawak Report last Saturday.
However, Brown said she reported the suspicion as such on her website, and insisted that such allegations had indeed been widespread.
“PAS ought not misquote me, although they will not be the first politicians to indulge in denouncing things that have not actually been said […]
“I can testify that view is indeed widespread, since several well-connected Malaysians have observed this reckoning to me. Why would PAS imagine otherwise? It is what comes of suddenly cosying up to a party like the present Umno led by the ‘King of Cash’, as many within PAS have warned it would.