Salor assemblyperson Husam Musa laughed off PAS president Abdul Hadi Awang's claim that Husam was making wrongful allegations against PAS so he can be disqualified from contesting in the next general election.
Hadi said Husam is wrongfully accusing PAS of accepting RM90 million from suspect sources to court a defamation suit so he can skip GE14, but Husam said this does not make sense.
"Hadi's statement is very funny. I have never heard of anyone who lost in a civil suit being disqualified from standing in elections," he told Malaysiakini when contacted.
He said Hadi also has no way of knowing if Husam will lose in this hypothetical lawsuit since it has yet to be filed.
The law states that a citizen is disqualified from standing in elections if he or she has been convicted of a crime and fined more than RM2,000 or sentenced to more than one years' jail.
"He (Husam) doesn't want to contest in the next general election, that's why he's making such claims.
"If we bring this lie to court (in a defamation suit) and he loses, then he can't contest in the general election. If he doesn't want to contest, just say so," Hadi said when met at a PAS event in Ampang Jaya today.
It is unclear if Hadi had said this in assumption that the lawsuit will force Husam to declare bankruptcy.
An individual is also disqualified from standing in elections if he or she is declared bankrupt.
Meanwhile, Husam urged Hadi to clearly state if PAS will take legal action against the Amanah assemblyperson.
"A great leader like Hadi, as PAS president, should be able to just use one word - or in Arabic we call this kalam wahid - and not so many words that his real intent is not clear.
"He needs to make it clear if he will take legal action against me or not," Husam, who is former PAS vice-president, said.
Husam had in an Amanah ceramah recently claimed he has details of how the alleged RM90 million went to PAS hands, including the bank accounts involved.
He was sacked from PAS last May for breaching party discipline.
Last Friday, PAS deputy president Tuan Ibrahim Tuan Man said Husam's claim is a continuation of alleged defamation by website Sarawak Report.
PAS last December sent a letter of demand to the London-based website, but has yet to take further action.-Mkini