Bersatu information chief Wan Saiful Wan Jan has lambasted a police report claiming that the party had received RM500 million in commissions for helping Putrajaya reach a settlement with Goldman Sachs in relation to the 1MDB financial scandal.
"The strategy of defamation has long been practiced by opposition parties. It seems that now it is being pursued with organised efforts to tarnish the good image of (Prime Minister) Muhyiddin Yassin.
"The fact is that Muhyiddin has proved that he is a respected PM because he is firmly focused on looking after the welfare of the people but his political rivals are trying to tarnish this image with relentless accusations because they know they have no other prime ministerial candidate," said Wan Saiful in a statement today.
He said that the opposition does not have a prime ministerial candidate who cares about the people, is clean, credible, and has integrity like Muhyiddin.
"This 'character assassination' strategy is an old strategy that will not succeed," he added.
Wan Saiful was responding to reports that Kuang assemblyperson Sallehudin Amiruddin’s office had lodged a police report urging an investigation into the claim that millions had been paid to a political party through a high-profile lawyer.
"The latest are these allegations linking Bersatu to appointing agents to take commissions from the government's settlement in the 1MDB case.
"There are also allegations that the government is not transparent in dealing with the 1MDB and Goldman Sachs case," said Wan Saiful who forcefully rejected the allegations.
Wan Saiful even wondered aloud if there was a joint campaign between the Pejuang party of Sallehudin and DAP to attack his party.
"I am a member of Bersatu's Political Bureau and central committee. I know all this is not happening.
"I vehemently deny this slander. No agents were appointed. No commissions were received. This is not the culture in Bersatu.
"The party was formed to fight for integrity and transparent governance. Our commitment is to ensure that the 1MDB case is resolved promptly, all those guilty receive justice, and the plundered state funds are returned for the benefit of the people," added Wan Saiful.
Bersatu's coalition partner Umno was previously headed by Najib Abdul Razak who has been found guilty and sentenced on 1MDB-related corruption charges and is still facing further trials.