PKR Rafizi and Zuraida – with Shahrizat in a RM100 million defamation suit

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KUALA LUMPUR — PKR’s Rafizi Ramli has refused to stop going public with his revelations on alleged corruption in the government despite facing two court charges today for his exposes that could land him in jail and set him back millions of ringgit and a shot at a Parliament seat..

He dismissed Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak’s reasoning on Friday that charging him over the NFC had been necessary as he had not gone through the rightful channels with his revelations.

“We did go to the relevant authorities. In fact, in the case of the NFC we went to the police and even to the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC).

“It was wrong of him (Najib) to say I did not go. If you remember, I handed all my information over to the police,” Rafizi  said in an interview with TMI

Rafizi and his PKR colleague Zuraida Kamaruddin are scheduled to square off this afternoon with former minister Datuk Seri Shahrizat Abdul Jalil in a RM100 million defamation suit filed by the Wanita Umno chief over the NFC scandal.

But his alleged defaming of the Wanita Umno chief is not the only thing that has landed Rafizi in the soup over the NFC.

Rafizi is also facing the prospect of a maximum RM3 million fine and three-year jail term for violating the Banking and Financial Institutions Act (BAFIA) after he exposed confidential banking details of the National Feedlot Corporation (NFCorp), the firm that runs the NFC project.

A conviction for the offence would seriously hobble Rafizi’s chance of standing as a candidate in the 13th general election that must be held by next year.

Based on previous cases, Rafizi said he lacked confidence in government agencies like the police and even the MACC, which is a statutory body independent of the government.

“On the real whistleblowing information regarding the NFC, we reported to the MACC before we disclosed in public about the purchase of the condominiums. We gave ample time for response, for investigations,” he said.

But, he said, the authorities’ probes would either take too long to be resolved, turn up dead leads or be closed quietly when public attention whittles down.

The young PKR man, seen today as the man of the hour, had led the relentless campaign to expose the alleged mismanagement in the handling of the NFC, a RM250 million federally-funded cattle farming national project that went awry, even according to the Auditor-General.

“At one point, the cops responded by saying that the case was closed. And imagine… after three weeks of no positive response from the authorities, who could blame me for losing confidence in them?” Rafizi said.

Similarly, the PKR leader said that in his exposes on the award of the RM1 billion Ampang LRT extension contract to the George Kent consortium, no speedy action had been taken by the police although he had lodged a report.

“So I had to decide — as a public official and an office bearer in a legitimate opposition party, I must make a decision in the best interest of the country… which is to expose,” he said. – TMI