“What concerns me most is the fact that Ambiga, like Clare, accused me and Hadi of abuse. The former Bar president may have given the impression that Hadi was the sort of person who resorted to intimidation tactics to get done what he wanted done. Thanks to her, people may now think that Clare spoke the truth, that the PAS president did in fact pass me information to be used against her (Clare). The only way I can clear my name is if I lodged an MACC report against Ambiga to discover if indeed the former Bar president cooked up the whole “Najib paid PAS leaders RM90 million” story or if Clare herself lied in the D&C”
Raggie Jessy Rithaudeen
The Malaysian Anti Corruption Commission (MACC) has opened an investigation paper into claims that several PAS leaders received RM90 million in bribe money. According to The Star Online, the case was classified under the Anti-Money Laundering, Anti-Terrorism Financing and Proceeds of Unlawful Activities Act 2001 following a report lodged by an unnamed individual. The paper, however, made no mention if the RM90 million related to allegations by Sarawak Report that Dato’ Seri Najib Tun Razak paid PAS’ top echelons the same amount “to woo them away from the (then) opposition coalition.”
A Defence and Counterclaim (D&C) statement filed at the London High Court on the 11th of October 2017 defined the “top echelons” as follows:
1. Members of the Spiritual Council of PAS, including its Leader, Deputy Leader, Secretary and Council Members;
2. The Central Working Committee of the Party (having over 20 members) and their senior staff;
3. Senior Office Bearers in the party, including the President, the Deputy President, the three Vice Presidents, the Dewan Ulamak Chief, the Dewan Pemuda Chief, the Dewan Muslimat Chief, the Secretary-General, the two Deputy-Secretary Generals, the Treasurer, the Information Chief and the Election Director.
4. Members of Dewan Ulamak PAS Pusat (DUPP), including its Speaker, Deputy Speaker, Auditors, Chief, Deputy Chief, Vice Chief and Central Working Committee.
5. Members of Dewan Pemuda PAS Pusat (DPPP) (the Youth Council), its Speakers, Chiefs, Secretary, Auditor, Treasurer, Election Director, Information Chief and Central Working Committee members.
6. Dewan Muslimat PAS Pusat (DMPP), its Speakers, Chiefs, Secretary, Auditor, Treasurer, Election Director, Information Chief and Central Working Committee members.
7. The two PAS Senators (members of the Dewan Negara) and their senior staff.
8. The 14 PAS Members of Parliament (members of the Dewan Rakyat) and their seniorstaff.
9. The 80 PAS members of state legislative assemblies, including those holding themajority in the Kelantan State Legislative Assembly and their senior staff.
10. The Executive Council and Menteri Besar (leader) of Kelantan State, including theirsenior staff.
The D&C statement related to a defamation suit Dato’ Seri Haji Abdul Hadi Awang brought against British national Clare Rewcastle Brown on the 27th of April 2017. The suit, filed at the High Court of Justice in London, had to do with a Sarawak Report comment piece that accused Najib of paying the aforementioned “top echelons” RM90 million in bribe money. Sarawak Report is a Clare-run propaganda machine that spent a good four years running the gamut of conspiracy against Najib. Clare, who at one time applied to strike out Hadi’s suit, roped The Third Force into the fray by accusing Hadi of being party to some of my publications.
Following is an excerpt from Free Malaysia Today:
Rewcastle Brown also claimed that Hadi, whether by himself or his agents, had been party to the publication of a series of articles, viciously or racially abusing, defaming and harassing her on the Third Force and Malaysia Today websites.
Free Malaysia Today, 14thApril 2018
The allegation was contained also in the D&C statement which Clare filed that bore 12 unsubstantiated claims regarding The Third Force. In the statement, Clare alleged that Hadi or his unnamed agents had handed me information related to the London proceedings with the intent of defaming and abusing her. The Sarawak Report Chief Editor then proceeded to finger former Bar president Dato’ Ambiga Sreenevasan as the person who told her that Najib channelled PAS’ “top echelons” RM90 million to solicit their support.
Following are D&C entries that spoke of Ambiga:
25.99 One of the Defendant’s contacts with whom she had spoken in July 2016 was Ambiga Sreenevasan, the internationally and domestically respected and well informed Malaysian lawyer and campaigner for human rights and against corruption in Malaysia.
25.100 Discussing Najib Razak and the 1MDB scandal and the chaotic state of the Opposition since PAS’s change of allegiance, Ambiga Sreenevasan had confirmed that Najib Razak had used a combination of money and policies, offering support for PAS’s Islamic political agenda while buying its support with his usual money politics, channelling money to senior personnel just as he had with other allies. Ambiga had told the Defendant that her sources, who she said were reliable, had estimated the amount that had been paid was around RM90 million.
Clare Rewcastle Brown, 11th of October 2017
Ambiga was tight lipped about the whole affair.
On the 31stof October 2017, she told newsmen that she couldn’t comment on the matter as it was before the London Court. Two days later, she contradicted herself by accusing “Hadi and his followers” of ‘harassing’ and ‘intimidating’ her. How she went from “I cannot tell you anything” to “Hadi is after my blood” in a span of just two days completely escapes me. It’s even more mind boggling to think that a learned lawyer like her did not know that being Malaysian, what one says on Malaysian soil has no bearing whatsoever on cases tried in the United Kingdom (UK).
But never mind that.
What concerns me most is the fact that Ambiga, like Clare, accused me and Hadi of abuse. The former Bar president may have given the impression that Hadi was the sort of person who resorted to intimidation tactics to get done what he wanted done. Thanks to her, people may now think that Clare spoke the truth, that the PAS president did in fact pass me information to be used against her (Clare). The only way I can clear my name is if I lodged an MACC report against Ambiga to discover if indeed the former Bar president cooked up the whole “Najib paid PAS leaders RM90 million” story or if Clare herself lied in her D&C statement.
Either way, I would be able to prove once and for all that Hadi was never party to any of my publications. Even if it turns out that Ambiga did relate to Clare the RM90 million story, the onus would be on her to assist the MACC with investigations by pointing the agency to the right direction. But 90 million or no 90 million, I will be lodging a report with the MACC at 3.30 pm tomorrow at the agency’s Shah Alam office. The report will be followed by a press conference in which I shall make a shocking disclosure regarding Clare Brown, Ambiga Sreenevasan and the Attorney-General of Malaysia, Tommy Thomas.