MACC: No 1MDB funds found in PAS’ accounts

(The Star) – The Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) has confirmed that it has yet to find any 1Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB) funds in PAS’ official bank account.

According to a Malaysiakini report, MACC chief Datuk Seri Mohd Shukri Abdull confirmed the matter in a press conference in Kuala Terengganu on Sunday (Feb 24).

“MACC’s investigation to date has not found the RM90mil in funds, supposedly originating from 1MDB, entering PAS’ account,” he said.

The portal had previously cited sources in a report that the anti-graft agency could not establish any links between the party’s bank account and 1MDB.

A source had also reportedly previously said that the funds that MACC scrutinised were limited to the account specifically registered with PAS, and not the accounts of specific party leaders.

In Aug 2016, the Sarawak Report published an article alleging that the party received RM90mil in bribes from Umno, in an attempt by then-prime minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak to court PAS ahead of GE14.

PAS president Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang sued Sarawak Report editor Clare Rewcastle Brown in for libel in Aug 2017, and she filed a counterclaim in Oct 2017.

However, he later opted for an out-of-court settlement, citing one reason as being the increasing cost of legal fees.