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PAS grateful to MACC clearing the air on 1MDB-linked funds

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PAS secretary-general Takiyuddin Hassan said his party is grateful to the MACC for clearing the air over the allegations that the Islamist party received funds linked to 1MDB.

"The confirmation proves all the allegations about the matter were lies, wild slander and an evil plot that is mala fide in nature and aimed to sully the image and integrity of PAS, particularly in the run-up to the 14th general election.

"Therefore, PAS urges all quarters to accept MACC's confirmation as fact which was based on a transparent, professional investigation, without fear or favour to any quarters," he said in a statement today.

Takiyuddin added that PAS will take legal action against anyone perpetuating the claim.

Earlier today, MACC chief Mohd Shukri Abdull confirmed that the MACC has yet to find any 1MDB funds ending up in PAS' official bank account.

"MACC's investigation to date has not found the RM90 million in funds, supposedly originating from 1MDB, entering PAS' account," he had said.

Shukri's confirmation was consistent with comments from a source which previously told Malaysiakini that the MACC was not able to establish any links to 1MDB.

However, the source also said the funds scrutinised by MACC were limited to the account officially registered with PAS, and not those of specific party leaders.

In a 2016 article, Sarawak Report claimed that PAS had received some RM90 million from Umno in a bid by then-prime minister Najib Abdul Razak to woo the Islamist party ahead of the 14th general election.

However, the report did not mention if the alleged deposits were made to the PAS official account or to specific leaders.

PAS president Abdul Hadi Awang had sued Sarawak Report editor Clare Rewcastle-Brown in a London court over the allegation but retracted the suit earlier this month on grounds that it was too costly to sustain.

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