Barisan Nasional strategic communication team has re-highlighted the misdeeds carried by Pandan MP Rafizi Ramli for breaching Official Secrets Act (OSA) pertaining to 1MDB report.
In March 2016, Rafizi had used the document still under OSA to support his allegations that 1MDB has business links with Lembaga Tentera Angkataan Tentera (LTAT) claiming 110 armed forces veterans not being paid their gratuity on time.
The fact that 1MDB had business links with LTAT is public information since 2013 when a public statement was made by 1MDB that it had awarded LTAT, RM2.1 billion contract for their part to construct eight military bases across the country and for costs to move the Sungai Besi airbase to the new 750 acres replacement air base in Sendayan.
“LTAT, which also owns Affin Bank, had subsequently clarified that there is no truth to Rafizi’s allegations.
“LTAT also clarified that 70 out of the 110 veterans were already paid while the remainder encountered problems due to incomplete information given by the veterans,” the clarified in a statement issued by the BN strategic and comms team.
LTAT had since initiated legal action for defamation against Rafizi for his unfounded and damaging allegations.
“As such, Rafizi had unnecessarily broken the OSA laws for accusations that are either already public information or factual.
“A sacrifice that can only be called to be in vain,” added in the statement.
The team also pointed out that the OSA conviction is the fourth court case that Rafizi had lost in a row within this year.
He was found guilty and fined by the courts for incitement in January and in early November.
In October, YB Rafizi was also found to have defamed the National Feedlot Corp (NFC) and was ordered to pay RM300,000 in damages.
The court had investigated and ruled that there is no truth to Rafizi’s allegations that NFC had used or leveraged government funds to purchase properties.and court to NFC – a long standing allegation made by the opposition and is now found to be untrue.