PKR Rafizi's 1MDB accusations "desperate attempt to distract": Pas

Nuradzimmah Daim

TAIPING: PKR deputy president Rafizi Ramli’s recent accusation, linking former Pas deputy president Nasharudin Mat Isa with 1Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB), was an attempt at distraction, Pas vice president Idris Ahmad said today.

He said it was a desperate bid to divert public attention from, among others, amendments to the Syariah Courts (Criminal Jurisdiction) Act 1965, which were recently tabled by Pas president, Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang in the Dewan Rakyat.

"It was merely a distraction from Pas' success in upholding Islam in national politics by tabling the bill in Parliament. Rafizi's allegations (have been inconsistent) – initially, he made (the claim) against the (entire) party. He later clarified that (only) a former Pas leader received funds (from 1MDB's former subsidiary, SRC International Sdn Bhd).

"So, he was merely attempting to distract (and create a negative impression) by… making these claims," Idris said at a press conference at the Pas Perak convention here, today.

He added that Rafizi was merely trying to win over Malaysians who are not receptive to the amendments on the Act.

"However, we are not the slightest bit affected by these random accusations against the party. Instead, we are more focused on our roles and work in the party," Idris said.

Also present were Pas Youth chief Nik Abduh Nik Abdul Aziz, who officiated the convention and Pas Perak commissioner, Razman Zakaria.

Nasharudin, who is the Global Movement of Moderates (GMM) chief executive officer, has refuted Rafizi’s allegations, saying that it was a gross defamation to him and Pas.