Not Aware Of RM1.4 Million Settlement – A Bunch Of Liar & Ungrateful Islamic Religious Leaders

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Apr 10 2019
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Little did Hadi Awang realize that when he decided to withdraw his defamation suit against Sarawak Report editor Clare Rewcastle-Brown in January, he was about to open the floodgates of hell. Not that he had any other choice, but the decision to pay the British journalist to kill the lawsuit to prevent more dirty laundry from being exposed has made it worse.


Heck, he should not have had started the lawsuit to begin with, let alone one in London, where he could neither manipulate nor bribe the British courts. Regarded as the holiest man in Malaysia, at least to his 2-million strong followers, perhaps some were wondering why the God did not protect Abdul Hadi Awang, president of the PAS Islamist Party.


Perhaps the God had had enough of the fake holy man’s antic, using the good name of Islam enriching his family members and his cronies. In fact, to legitimize his truckloads of lies to cover earlier lies, Hadi’s boys have even proclaimed their lies to be “Shariah-compliant”, giving birth to a new product which not even Saudi Arabia, Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, has heard of.

Sarawak Report Editor Clare Rewcastle-Brown - Book Launch

And now, MalaysiaKini reports that at least five PAS influential leaders had met Rameli Musa on five occasions to presumably discuss about the RM1.4 million payments to Sarawak Report. Three of them are PAS secretary-general Takiyuddin Hassan, Terengganu Menteri Besar (Chief Minister) Ahmad Samsuri Mokhtar and PAS attorney Wan Rohimi Wan Daud.


Corporate figure Rameli, supposedly the good guy who wanted to help the Islamist party, was used by Hadi Awang and his minions as intermediary. The plan was pretty simple. In order not to lose face to the Sarawak-born British journalist, whom Hadi had failed to sue, it was agreed that a third party (Rameli Musa) would provide the cover.


Rameli would pay Clare Rewcastle-Brown on behalf of Hadi Awang, who in turns would pay back Mr. Rameli. So while Hadi didn’t “directly” pay Clare, he would pay her “indirectly” through the third party. Regardless, the fact remains that he had paid the whistleblower, the same way money laundering is typically done using multiple shell companies.

Hadi Awang PAS Paid Sarawak Report RM1.4 Million Cheque - Court Settlement

In fact, to eliminate paper trails, Hadi Awang had even tried offering cash for the RM1.4 million demanded by Clare as one of the conditions to terminate the lawsuit. But the Sarawak Report editor wasn’t born yesterday. A cash payment could subject her to money laundering so a cheque dated 31 Jan, 2019, for the amount of RM1,422,980.00 was paid through her lawyer, Americk Sidhu.


Interestingly, according to the latest source, Hadi was initially unaware of the RM1.4 million payments made to settle his lawsuit. The discussions and ultimately the settlement were allegedly handled by the five influential PAS leaders. Seriously? The five individuals were so powerful that they could decide to drop the case without any knowledge whatsoever from their president?


It appears that the PAS leaders were trying to play the United States’ favourite card in protecting their president – “plausible deniability”. It’s the ability of the president to deny knowledge of or responsibility for any damnable actions committed by others in an organizational hierarchy, even if the president was personally involved in or at least wilfully ignorant of the actions.

Najib Razak and Hadi Awang - Opposition Break-Up and RM90 Million

However, there have been so many lies spewed by PAS leaders that it’s quite hard to believe the source. When the news first broke about an out-of-court settlement between Abdul Hadi Awang and Clare Rewcastle-Brown, PAS secretary-general Takiyuddin Hassan said that neither the party, nor its president Abdul Hadi Awang had paid any costs to settle the defamation suit.


Anwar Ibrahim then claimed he possessed the proof in late February. It was a golden opportunity for PAS to drag Anwar to court for defaming their president. However, not only Hadi Awang refused to sue the PM-in-waiting, pro-PAS cybertroopers, propagandists and bloggers had challenged Anwar to show those bank statements. Takiyuddin had once again denied about the payment.


When Clare acknowledged that Hadi had indeed paid her, the reputation of the PAS leaders took a hit. Even after the RM1.4 million cheque was finally unveiled, PAS information chief Nasrudin Hassan Tantawi told all and sundry that the bank account number on the cheque used to pay Ms Rewcastle-Brown was fake, only to be debunked by street-smart Rafizi Ramli – that the cheque was genuine after all.

Clare Rewcastle Brown

On March 7, coming from the horse’s mouth, Hadi Awang denied claims that he paid RM1.4 million to Sarawak Report editor Clare Rewcastle-Brown to settle his defamation suit against her. Recorded by Star TV, he had even condemned it as a political agenda to tarnish the party’s reputation. That was about a week after the photo of the cheque was revealed.


On March 13, unable to offer a satisfactory reason as to why he suddenly initiated the “premature withdrawal”, Hadi offered another silly excuse – that he suddenly did not feel threatened or humiliated by Sarawak Report’s article alleging that PAS leaders took RM90 million from UMNO former president Najib Razak. He also claimed he was not bothered anymore because Clare is not a registered voter.


The serial liar Hadi had earlier claimed that his party could not afford to pay RM1.4 million in legal fees as the settlement cost for Sarawak Report, despite admitting to having paid RM2.9 million to his own British lawyers to fight the news portal. Yet, weeks later, he bragged about his ability to raise RM100 million with ease from his 2-million members, ridiculing the accusations that he had pocketed RM90 million.

PAS Leaders Liar - Hadi Awang, Takiyuddin Hassan, Ahmad Samsuri Mokhtar

When queried today, Takiyuddin finally admitted he had met Rameli but claimed he only discussed the lawsuit in general terms with the intermediary. Lawyer Wan Rohimi denied any involvement, while Ahmad Samsuri’s press secretary Adram Musa told Malaysiakini that the Menteri Besar (Chief Minister) typically does not respond to “speculative” reports.


It’s absolutely amazing that despite the concrete proof, Hadi and his gang of five could still deny any involvement in the payments made to Sarawak Report. Is there anyone out there who actually believes a corporate figure like Rameli Musa would act on his own, and dumb enough to throw away his hard-earned RM1.4 million without any agreement from PAS that they would pay him back later?


Even if it was true that Hadi Awang was initially not aware of the RM1.4 million payments made to settle his lawsuit, because his five minions wanted to provide him the “plausible deniability”, which is incredibly difficult to believe considering they have IQ worse than a carrot, why did he still lie on March 7 that no payments were made to the Sarawak Report editor?

Rameli Musa and Wife Norlella Md Akram 

The source added that although Rameli has close ties with PAS, the RM1.4 million was a loan meant to be repaid within two days of paying Rewcastle-Brown. However, until today, it’s still unknown whether Hadi has repaid the money to Mr. Rameli. But based on his wife Norlella Md Akram’s expression of disappointment on March 6, it’s safe to presume PAS has left him high and dry.


Yes, while his buddy Najib Razak had stolen and cheated 4-million fellow Malays to the tune of US$4.5 billion (based on U.S.-DOJ investigation results), Abdul Hadi Awang and his gang of five were so cheapskate that they shamelessly cheated fellow Muslim Rameli Musa for as little as RM1.4 million. Not only PAS is being led by a group of compulsive liars, the party is also tainted with a bunch of ungrateful Islamic religious leaders.


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