PKR vice-president Rafizi Ramli has welcomed PAS former deputy president Nasharudin Mat Isa's reported intention to sue him for defamation but also suggested that the latter should publicly declare all his assets and income.
"If he wants to sue me, I will wait to question him from the witness stand because the person who files a suit will be the first person called to the witness stand.
"I have hundreds of questions to ask regarding his involvement in lobbying the PAS' leadership to become 'softer' towards prime minister Najib Abdul Razak's administration, until PAS is seen as being no longer vocal on the prime minister's integrity in the 1MDB scandal," said the Pandan MP in a statement.
In the meantime, Rafizi said Nasharudin should make a statutory declaration on all his assets, income as well as personal donations or donations received through his organisations.
"He also have to provide details of how the assets, incomes and donations were spent and to whom were the donations he received spent on," said Rafizi in response
Nasharudin in a statement yesterday denied receiving funds from former 1MDB subsidiary SRC International Sdn Bhd.
In the statement posted on his Facebook page, Nasharudin said he is also willing to cooperate with the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) on this matter and disclosed that he is planning to initiate legal actions.
This follows Rafizi's move on Thursday to make a statutory declaration and name Nasharudin as the person who received funds from SRC International Sdn Bhd, a former 1MDB subsidiary, through a lawyer.
According to Rafizi, his source is a former MACC top brass familiar with the investigations into 1MDB and SRC International.
Commenting further, Rafizi today stressed his confidence in both the information he received as well as the statutory declaration process to declare all assets.
In urging Nasharudin to make an annual declaration from 2012 up to this year, Rafizi however cautioned that it would involve scrutiny from hundreds of lawyers and accountants.
"If there is inaccurate information, there will (also) be Malaysians lodging police reports against him and he may be jailed," Rafizi warned.
Meanwhile, the PKR secretary-general also said that he has expected all the backlash received from PAS leaders and supporters following his expose.
Among others, he cited PAS Ulama information chief Khairuddin Aman Razali's response, questioning his credibility for allegedly acting based on hearsay.
"Even if he feels the information received on 1MDB investigations and Najib's involvement is not verified, isn't it his duty as an MP to fully utilise the avenues in parliament to seek confirmation and further responses?," Rafizi added.
He also pointed out that he was once vilified by Umno leaders for exposing the RM250 million National Feedlot Corporation scandal and it was PAS leaders who encouraged him to raise the issue among rural voters.
"But today, the same PAS leadership and machinery is recycling Umno's excuses on the NFC scandal, that I supposedly slandered NFC, when they were the ones most vocal to expose the issue," he said.
PAS has since distanced itself from Rafizi's latest 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