KUALA LUMPUR – March 26, 2018: PAS president Datuk Seri Hadi Awang has clarified that the Islamist party will not judge the 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) controversy based on sentiments in the court of public opinion but rather on the doctrine of innocent until proven guilty.
The clarification was issued by Hadi’s press secretary Abdul Malik Ab. Razak in response to a supposedly erroneous report by a local Malay daily which quoted Hadi as saying that PAS was neutral on 1MDB.
Malik, who shared a transcript of Hadi’s answer to a query on this at a forum in Shah Alam yesterday, pointed out that what Hadi actually said was that those linked to issue are innocent until proven guilty.
“No, we (PAS) will not protect those who are guilty but what we want is for it (1MDB) to be justly trialed.
“The concept in Islamic judiciary is that the accused is innocent until proven guilty but what happens today is that a person immediately becomes guilty after being accused. This is not the right approach,” read Hadi’s transcript.
Hadi also makes clear PAS maintains a similar stance towards all of Barisan Nasional’s past controversies, including those during the administration of former prime minister Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad.
“Not just 1MDB but also the forex, Skyhawk, BMF (Bumiputra Malaysia Finance), Tabung Haji and KWSP (Employees Provident Fund),” Hadi was quoted as saying.
1MDB is the Ministry of Finance’s strategic investment which is currently embroiled in a controversy following an allegation in 2015 that it had siphoned billions of ringgit from Malaysian tax payers.
The issue generated negative perceptions among many Malaysians, with Mahathir becoming the number one critic of Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak.
Mahathir has, since leading the new opposition coalition Pakatan Harapan, consistent pressured PAS to state its position on the 1MDB issue as he deemed PAS to be supporting Najib.