PUTRAJAYA: Pandan Member of Parliament Rafizi Ramli’s arrest by police outside Parliament building on Tuesday was based on the existing law, said Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi.
Referring to claims that Rafizi’s arrest was against the Dewan Rakyat Standing Order, Ahmad Zahid who is also Home Minister, said Dewan Rakyat Speaker Tan Sri Pandikar Amin Mulia would decide today on answering the questions raised.
“I believe that the police action (against Rafizi) was based on the existing law which was passed by past and current members of Parliament,” he said after the Home Ministry’s monthly assembly, here, today.
Rafizi, who is also Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) vice-president and secretary-general, was arrested in front of the Parliament gate about 6.20 pm on Tuesday under the Official Secrets Act (OSA) and then taken to the federal police headquarters in Bukit Aman.
He is being remanded for three days from yesterday to facilitate the investigation into his exposure of official secret documents and his allegation against the Armed Forces Fund Board (LTAT).
Prior to this, LTAT in a statement said it had initiated legal action against Rafizi over his allegation on gratuity payments for LTAT veterans.
LTAT chairman Tan Sri Mohd Anwar Mohd Nor said Rafizi’s allegation was malicious and aimed at destroying LTAT’s good reputation and credibility.