KUALA LUMPUR: Former Bar Council president Datuk S. Ambiga was non-committal when asked to verify claims that she was the source of Sarawak Report’s allegation on Pas leaders receiving money from Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak.
When contacted today, she did not confirm or deny the allegation, saying that she could not comment on the matter as the case is being deliberated in the United Kingdom's courts.
“I am not at liberty to comment on the matter which is before the UK courts,” Ambiga said.
Sarawak Report editor Clare Rewcastle-Brown had reportedly named her as the source who had provided the information.
In an article carried by online news portal The Malaysian Insight, it claimed that through a copy of her Defence and Counterclaim supplied to it, Clare claimed to have spoken to Ambiga in July last year about Najib, 1Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB), and Pas.
She also claimed that Ambiga had told her that the estimated amount that had been paid was around RM90 million.
Her defence was filed on Oct 11 against a defamation suit by Pas president Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang against her. The suit was filed in April.
Meanwhile, Pas' Kuala Nerus MP Datuk Mohd Khairuddin Aman Razali At-Takiri said Ambiga should clear the air immediately as she was the only one named as the source by the Sarawak Report editor.
He said the latest revelation has appeared to show that the allegations made against Pas previously was aimed at tarnishing the party’s image.
“In Clare’s statement, the only source named was Ambiga. Other than that is heresay. All this time, Pas has been wronged by such slander which has ruined the party's image.
“Ambiga, as a lawyer, has to respond immediately. Was this just a claim or is it accurate? As a lawyer, she has to respond. It is only ethical,” Khairuddin told reporters when met at Parliament today.