MACC needs time to probe PAS receipt of 1MDB funds


Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad said yesterday that the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) needs time to investigate the allegation of PAS having received RM90 million in 1Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB) funds.

The prime minister (PM) said the MACC may not have obtained all the details in relation to the case. “The MACC stated that there is so far no trace of RM90 million entering the official accounts of PAS from 1MDB, maybe because the MACC has yet to obtain the full details…it (the investigation) will take time,” he told a press conference yesterday.

Dr Mahathir had earlier opened the Metrod Holdings Bhd plant in Klang. Also present was Metrod founder Apurv Bagri and chairman Datuk Abu Hassan Kendut.

The PM also said the MACC is still looking into more allegations against former PM Datuk Seri Mohd Najib Razak and needed time to do the investigation.

On Sunday, the MACC chief commissioner confirmed that their investigations since the beginning of the month had found no evidence of a transaction that could be attributed to the allegation.

Meanwhile, when asked about his remarks on Sunday that he did not understand the attitude of PAS, which is constantly changing despite the party expressing support for him to stay on as PM, Dr Mahathir said he didn’t really need PAS’ support as he already had the support of Pakatan Harapan parliamentarians who made up the majority in the Dewan Rakyat.

“I don’t need support from PAS because Pakatan Harapan have already controlled half the seats in Dewan Rakyat. And the support is from those who had won the election, not those who were about to lose and still struggling to win.

“If PAS wants to support me, they can do so, but don’t go telling me that a pledge of support has been signed, but not for Pakatan Harapan, only for me. I’m not the government, Pakatan Harapan is,” he chided.

Recently, PAS president Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang, PAS secretary general Datuk Takiyuddin Hassan and Terengganu Mentri Besar Dr Ahmad Samsuri Mokhtar were reported to have met Dr Mahathir at the Perdana Leadership Foundation, Putrajaya to express support for the Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia chairman if there was treachery from any Pakatan Harapan component parties. — Bernama