Sarawak Report managed to collect RM160,000 in 3 days. PAS wants to raise RM200,000 but doesn’t say how much it has collected yet.
26 June 2017
PAS seeks contributions to cover legal battle against SR
PAS vice-president Idris Ahmad says in three days Sarawak Report has managed to collect RM160,000 and tells members to help the party.
On April 21, Hadi filed a defamation suit against Sarawak Report at the High Court in London.
Hadi is suing Sarawak Report article which suggested that Prime Minister Najib Razak had channelled RM90 million to PAS, an allegation which the Islamist party has denied.
Sarawak Report said it faces expensive legal fees in filing its defence against Hadi’s suit.
Previously, PAS deputy president Tuan Ibrahim Tuan Man had also directed its members to contribute RM5 each while those in the leadership were to contribute RM100 each to fund the legal action.
At its recent muktamar, PAS had set up a special fund to collect money to cover the “costly” legal expenses of the suit.
The Islamist party was reported to have sought to raise RM200,000.
25 June 2017
Sarawak Report reaches GB£30,000 legal fund goal
Whistleblower website Sarawak Report has raised over GB£30,000 (RM160,000) for its legal fund to fend itself from a suit by PAS president Abdul Hadi Awang.
The amount was raised in just three days through crowdfunding platform Crowd Justice. At the time of writing, GB£30,452 has been raised through 615 contributors.
Meanwhile, Blogger Raja Petra Kamaruddin, through his platform Malaysia Today, also called for donations to fund Abdul Hadi’s legal action against Sarawak Report.
“As one can imagine, the cost to institute a legal action in the UK is not cheap and would involve a lot of funds, which understandably, PAS does not have.
“As such, PAS is appealing to all its supporters and members to donate to it, to help fund this legal action in the UK to clear its name,” it said.
The article had urged supporters to deposit money to the party’s bank account, therefore there the response cannot be measured.
Last month, PAS deputy president Tuan Ibrahim Tuan Man said it had directed its members to contribute RM5 each while those in the leadership were to contribute RM100 each to fund the legal action.
A public appeal for donations to fund the legal suit against Sarawak Report
As one can imagine, the cost to institute a legal action in the UK is not cheap and would involve a lot of funds, which understandably, PAS does not have.
As such, PAS is appealing to all its supporters and members to donate to it, to help fund this legal action in the UK to clear its name.
Donations can be sent to their bank accounts as follows…
Sarawak Report is being sued by PAS, the Islamic Party of Malaysia. We believe we have a strong case and need to stand up to the big money that appears to be flowing into their action.
For the past seven years Sarawak Report has detailed the consequences of politcal corruption in Malaysia on the environment, civil liberties and the prosperity of the nation. We have worked on this project as a voluntary not for profit commitment. It was our work that exposed what has become the world’s largest kleptocracy scandal, involving up to $7 billion dollars stolen from the development fund 1MDB. Numerous banks have been already held to account and 15th June the US Dept of Justice issued a third court order for the sequestration of over $1.5 billion in assets bought with money stolen by 1MDB. The Prime Minister of Malaysia, Najib Razak, has admitted he used much of this money to buy political support and to win the last election – although he claims that the $681 million that went into his own accounts came from a mystery Saudi Royal donor and not 1MDB as detailed by the joint US, Swiss, Singapore, Abu Dhabi, UK, Hong Kong and Luxembourg investigations into the scandal.
Sarawak Report has led on this massive international scandal all the way, revealing story after story both on the crime itself and the distribution of all the proceeds. There have been numerous legal threats by various players, but so far none have sued us in the face of overwhelming evidence. However, Malaysia’s Islamic party PAS has now taken exception to being caught up in the scandal, having broken with the opposition alliance in order to collaborate with the Prime Minister’s own BN alliance at the very height of the exposures of theft from the development fund. Sarawak Report pointed out that the PM distributes money to gain political support and that considerable largesse was noted to have been passing from his administration for the first time into PAS during this very period of intense scandal, at which point a section of the leadership chose to rupture its links with the opposition and later work with Najib instead – splitting the party’s own leadership and following in the process.
PAS’s President Hadi has said he views our comments as a personal attack on his reputation in the UK, yet he is seeking to avoid placing security of costs in the UK court before we file our defence. This forces us to pay for expensive legal support to file that defence, money we have little hope of retrieving, whether or not he continues with his case. We believe this is a politically motivated attack and that the people involved are hoping we will settle the action rather than place a defence. They will then use that outcome, backed by BN’s powerful propaganda machine to seek to discredit us. Please help us fight this case in order to counter this the latest of so many attempts to discredit our work.
25 June 2017
Our heartfelt thanks go to the stirling response of so many of our readers and supporters to our legal appeal. Sarawak Report can now look forward to making a robust defence against the legal suit brought in London by PAS.
Within a mere 24 hours our Crowd Justice Fund has raised just shy of 5/6ths of the total sum we are seeking to achieve in the 30 day window for our campaign. It is a fantastic result and a tribute to the unity and determination of those who want to see fair and open reporting on the situation in Malaysia and 1MDB.
PAS is seeking to avoid putting up the normal security for costs in this case, claiming that if it loses Sarawak Report would easily be able to claim back the millions of pounds fighting such a case could incur.
We would just have to pop into court in KL!
The result of this manoeuvre has been to force Sarawak Report to pay out tens of thousands of pounds just to open our defence in the UK, knowing that PAS can walk away with little danger of having to pay us back if they fail to brow-beat us into ‘settling’ their claim.
PAS have been boasting that they have been rattling their tin around the faithful in the mosque to raise money to fight for the reputation of the party – money that could perhaps have been better used to help the poor, since a good reputation tends to look after itself.
However, we too have supporters, since they have brought on this suit. So far just under 500 souls have put their own money where their democratic beliefs are and as of writing this post, they have raised £24,000, which is RM130,000.
Let’s show PAS that they can’t snuff out Sarawak Report with tactics of this kind and make our target in record time!
Humble thanks for all your support – Editor, Sarawak Report.