29 October 2019
Last week, the former MP and protégé of PAS (Parti Islam Se-Malaysia) president Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang, former deputy president Datuk Nasharudin Mat Isa, was charged with 33 counts of corruption and criminal breach of trust relating to a sum of RM4 million. Some political analysts see this as yet another attempt of a vindictive government bent on crucifying anyone seen close to the previous regime.
Earlier media linked him to money siphoned from 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB). But none of the charges read Wednesday’s proceeding mentioned anything about the troubled fund.
Kartini Aboo Talib, political analyst and deputy head of Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia’s Institute of Ethnic Studies, said media built a case against him that he had everything to do with 1MDB and the RM90 million supposedly given to PAS by former prime minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak. PAS leaders have denied this.
He faces three charges in money laundering activities involving RM302,069.60. The funds meant for Global Movement of Moderates Foundation (GMMF) were channelled through his own company Centre for Peace Sdn Bhd. He also faces 30 charges for criminal breach of trust involving the Nassar Foundation and the defunct GMMF, amounting to RM 3,721,683.30. Nasharudin was the chairman and chief executive officer of both organisations. He used the funds for personal and his children’s expenses. In October 2015, Nasharudin was appointed to head GMMF, which was tasked by the former government to showcase Malaysia as a moderate Muslim state. He was close to former prime minister Najib Razak long before the alliance of Umno and PAS came into being, and had accompanied the former prime minister on his visit to Gaza in Palestine.
Nasharudin was expelled from the party in 2013 for disobedience. He was critical of the party’s ties with PKR and DAP when they were still allies in Pakatan Rakyat, the opposition bloc at the time.
Malay Mail reported.