Last year, Sarawak Report alleged that the top leadership in PAS had accepted RM90 million from Prime Minister Najib Razak.
It was based on a recording of Nik Abduh saying it. Among other things he is alleged to have said is this:
Why do people keep asking us about UMNO’s money? This issue is now over. Tok Guru Nik Aziz took a considerable amount of UMNO’s money. Not a problem? Tok Guru Harun Din, not a problem. This meeting today not a problem.
I have met Tok Guru Haji Hadi. Tok Guru Haji Hadi said lucky you taking UMNO’s money…
At first Nik Abduh denied everything.
On 28th February, following the release of the recording online, Nik Abduh denounced the recording on his Facebook page, describing the claim that the speaker was him as ‘rubbish and slander’ and threatening that God would punish those responsible for making what he called defamatory actions by disseminating the tape and for suggesting the speaker was him:
“The claim that it is me speaking in the conversation is all nonsense and slanderous.
“PAS is a party that doesn’t get involved in matters that are prohibited by Islam, including taking bribes from Umno and following DAP around.” [translation by Malaysian Insight]
Then came this!
Hadi’s Lawyers Accept Nik Abduh Recording Is Genuine After All
Lawyers, acting for PAS president Hadi Awang in a legal case being waged in London against Sarawak Report, have now conceded that a controversial recording said to be of a senior PAS MP, Nik Abduh, is genuine.
Speaking in court yesterday barrister Jacob Dean confirmed that Hadi will not contest the authenticity of the recording, removing the need for expert forensic evidence to identify the speaker. Hadi’s lawyers further indicated that Nik Abduh and possibly others present at the time of the recording (thought to include Hadi’s son-in-law, Zaharuddin Muhammad), would be among the witnesses his client plans to call to give evidence at trial:
Finance Twitter : Nik Abduh ‘Admits’ PAS Taking RM 90 Million Bribes From UMNO
Apparently, Nik Abduh, the son of former spiritual leader Nik Abdul Aziz, was caught in his remarks to a delegation of PAS members admitting that PAS top leaders – including himself – have accepted money from UMNO, in order to further the party’s political agenda. The meeting was held over debates amongst PAS leaders about the scandal of the party receiving money.
Of course, Mr. Nik Abduh has rubbished the audio recording as nothing but fake. Nik Abduh, unlike his father, bizarrely, has been defending Najib Razak against the accusation that the former prime minister has stolen billions of ringgit from the people – calling such allegations as political conspiracy. Essentially, the entire top leaders of PAS have become Najib defenders.
Barrister Jacob Dean has confirmed that Hadi Awang will not challenge the authenticity of the recording, hence removing the need for expert forensic evidence to identify the speaker. Hadi’s lawyers have also indicated that Nik Abduh and possibly others present at the time of the recording (including Hadi’s son-in-law, Zaharuddin Muhammad), would be among the witnesses at the next trial.
Mr. Dean informed the judge that Hadi intends to fly some witnesses – between 8 to 9 people – from Kuala Lumpur for the trial scheduled on 1 April, 2019 in London. It would be super interesting to see if Hadi Awang, in his desperation to wriggle out of the corruption scandal, will hang Nik Abduh out to dry. After all, it was the dumb Nik Abduh who admitted to receiving money.
However, the recording itself is fantastically damaging to the Islamic party, which was supposed to preach the good values of Islam and whatnot. The recording included the following translated remarks – according to Sarawak Report:
During the Sarawak Election, people did co-operate with UMNO to defeat DAP. Regarding the monetary issue, the fatwa [legal opinion] was already in place. It was apparent that Tok Guru Nik Aziz took UMNO’s money, Tok Guru Haji Hadi took UMNO’s money, I took UMNO’s money, everyone accused took UMNO’s money!!
Among the reasons why we succeeded was with UMNO’s help. UMNO helped us to achieve victory. In 10-11 of these activities. That is us being smart. Umno is stupid. Why do people keep asking us about UMNO’s money? This issue is now over. Tok Guru Nik Aziz took a considerable amount of UMNO’s money. Not a problem? Tok Guru Harun Din, not a problem. This meeting today not a problem.
I have met Tok Guru Haji Hadi. Tok Guru Haji Hadi said lucky you taking UMNO’s money. Just do whatever we want. But do not use the money for our private matters. For our personal gain. Instead, use it for Islamic purposes. That’s why we have good relations with UMNO today … why Najib can even accept RUU amendments.