PUTRAJAYA: PKR vice-president Rafizi Ramli has lodged a report on alleged graft in the Selangor government to the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC).
There were some 50 people present at the MACC headquarters in Putrajaya on Monday to show support for Rafizi including Kelana Jaya MP Wong Chen, Kapar MP G. Manivannan and Pakatan Harapan Chief Secretary Datuk Saifuddin Abdullah.
Rafizi received a smattering of applause upon his arrival at around noon and spent about an hour with the MACC.
“I have given the information that I have thus far to the MACC concerning complaints against the running of the Selangor state government,” he said after exiting the building.
“My only hope is that we give room for MACC to conduct investigations without being hindered by politics or perception,” he said.
“I think the worst thing that could happen is that MACC is always seen as being stuck in political play. This (lodging a report) is something normal that should be done by members of the public,” he said.
“By right, it should not be an issue but we are used to a culture where anything can become political,” he said.
“This is in addition to the fact that I as PKR secretary-general was asked by the political bureau to make a report to MACC on misconduct by our own party members. I know it’s a rare thing but this should be the culture,” he said.
Rafizi also called on the public to be fair to both the state government and to MACC. He added that if the commission finds a basis to the allegations, they will continue the investigation.
Following a meeting at the PKR political bureau, PKR president Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail had told Rafizi to submit the evidence he had on the alleged graft to the MACC directly.
The Pandan MP had confirmed that he wrote the leaked WhatsApp message meant for a closed group of party members and Reformasi supporters about money and women being demanded in dealing of the Selangor government headed by PKR deputy president Datuk Seri Azmin Ali.
In the statement, Rafizi also denied allegations that he was â€œbought overâ€ by Home Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi and Umno to sabotage PKR and that would allow him to escape the various charges brought against him in court.