PETALING JAYA: The National Fatwa Council never discussed Lembaga Tabung Hajiâ€™s land deal with 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB).
In a Facebook posting on Sunday night, Perlis mufti Dr Mohd Asri Zainul Abidin said there had been no meetings on the matter since he took office and become a member of the council on Feb 1.
â€œSince I held the position as Perlis mufti and a member of the National Fatwa Council on Feb 1, I never attended any meetings by the council on the 1MDB investment.
â€œThat is all I can say to those who have e-mailed me about this,â€ he said, referring to a claim by Tabung Haji chairman Datuk Seri Abdul Azeez Abdul Rahim that the council had decided that the purchase was syariah-compliant.
The pilgrimage fund has come under fire from various quarters for purchasing a parcel of land at the Tun Razak Exchange (TRX) from 1MDB at an alleged â€œinflatedâ€ price of RM188.5mil.
Tabung Haji had defended the decision to purchase the land, saying that it had forked out RM188.5mil for the 1.6-acre (0.64ha) parcel while its fair value was RM194mil.
On Saturday, the fund said three firms were interested in buying the plot of land and that it expected to seal a deal within a fortnight.
Abdul Azeez said Tabung Haji was acting on the advice of Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak to end the controversy.-The Star