Former PAS deputy president Nasharudin Mat Isa has denied receiving funds from former 1MDB subsidiary SRC International Sdn Bhd.
In a statement posted on his Facebook page, Nasharudin said he is willing to cooperate with the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) on this matter and disclosed that he is planning to initate legal action as well.
"With reference to the statements made by Rafizi Ramli dated April 13, 2017, I wish to categorically stress that these statements implicating me as the subject matter are not only baseless and irrelevant but serve as a gross defamation to me and PAS.
"Further to that, I strongly deny his baseless allegation of me having received any form of payments and/or funding from the sources as described by him in his statutory declaration (SD).
"I also wish to stress that not only am I willing to cooperate on any investigation conducted by the MACC on this matter but that I have sought and submitted for legal counsel as the next course of action, in terms of initiating legal action as well as any other appropriate actions deemed reasonable, expedient and in accordance to the rule of law," Nasharudin added.
In his SD yesterday, Rafizi, who is the MP or Pandan and a PKR vice-president, claimed that Nasharudin received the funds through a lawyer.
He alleged that the funds had originated from Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak's personal bank account.
According to Rafizi, his source is a former MACC top brass familiar with the investigations into 1MDB and SRC International.
SRC International, which is now under the Finance Ministry, landed in the spotlight when it was revealed that RM42 million from the firm had deposited into the prime minister's bank personal account.
However, attorney-general Mohamed Apandi Ali has cleared Najib, who is also finance minister, of any wrongdoing, stating that the prime minister was unaware of this transfer of the money.
Najib has also repeatedly denied abusing public funds for personal gain, and blamed the corruption allegations against him on those conspiring to topple him from power.
Rafizi filed a report with the MACC on his allegation this morning, saying that he wanted the focus to return to 1MDB and SRC.
Nasharudin, who is a former MP, is now heading the Global Movement of Moderates (GMM), which is a brainchild of the Najib administration.
PAS has also distanced itself from the allegation, with its secretary-general Takiyuddin Hassan declaring that the Islamist party had not benefited from 1MDB and that Nasharudin is now just an ordinary member.- Mkini