‘Too cheap,’ Hadi says of RM90mil Umno payment rumor

PETALING JAYA: The Chairman of PAS, Tan Sri Abdul Hadi Awang (Photo) dispelled rumors that the party had received RM90 million from Umno, saying he could have taken over the country if that had been true.

Furthermore, he said the amount was “too cheap” to buy the Islamist party.

Dismissing the remarks as ‘fictional stories’, he said the PAS was able to stand for election thanks to the money donated by its members nationwide, noting that these funds did not even amount to 1 million from RM.

The PAS conquered three states and became part of the federal government by joining forces with Umno and Bersatu and defeating the already fragile administration of Pakatan Harapan, he said.

“Therefore, if RM90mil were true, PAS would certainly have been able to control the whole country,” he said in a Facebook post yesterday.

Earlier this month, DAP MP Seri Delima Syerleena Abdul Rashid filed a complaint with the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC), accusing Hadi of bribery, money laundering and evasion. tax.

The report was released after DAP chairman Lim Guan Eng demanded an explanation from Hadi over a RM1.4 million settlement with Sarawak Report editor Clare Rewcastle Brown in his libel suit against she.

(PAS had sued Rewcastle Brown for defamation over an August 6, 2016 article, alleging the party received RM90 million in bribes from Umno. In 2019, Hadi opted for an out-of-court settlement. )

Hadi said yesterday that if the PAS had been in possession of RM90mil, the money would have been well spent in investments which have yielded a return of 10%.

He said it would have been suicidal for Umno to give RM90m to PAS.

He said if it was indeed true that the party had such an amount, PAS could have countered Pakatan, who had funds to splurge on social media campaigns to “spread lies”.

PAS couldn’t afford social media campaigns to begin with, he claimed.