Parti Cinta Malaysia (PCM) is not surprised that Pandan MP Rafizi Ramli had been sentenced to 18 months jail for breaching the Official Secrets Act (OSA) 1972.
Indeed, PCM vice president Huan Cheng Guan said Rafizi “asked for it” since the PKR leader himself had admitted to being guilty.
“This is the fourth straight court loss for various cases for Rafizi. Has anyone lost more court cases in a row?” asked Huan.
He pointed out that Rafizi previously was fined by court for causing Muslim-Christian tension, had lost a libel suit for slandering about “NFC and cow-condo” issue, and for organising the post-GE13 ‘Blackout 505’ illegal rallies.
Huan said Rafizi was not sentenced for “exposing the so-called 1MDB’s monstrous scandal” as claimed by PKR and Pakatan Harapan.
“He was sentenced for being stupid in exposing one page of the 1MDB’s Auditor-General Report, which was already read by four Pakatan MPs including Tony Pua (Kiam Wee),” said Huan in a statement today.
Huan said Rafizi had revealed the OSA document to “expose” that Lembaga Tabung Angkatan Tentera (LTAT) had links with 1MDB – 1Malaysia Development Berhad – but had not been fully paid.
Huan said it was something that Malaysians already knew as news of LTAT being awarded the contract by 1MDB to move the Sungai Besi air-base and to develop the eight replacement military bases was public info.
In any case, he said LTAT had not lost any money and would be fully paid by the IWH-China Rail consortium that had taken a 60% ownership of the Bandar Malaysia project.
Therefore, he said Rafizi’s OSA expose was totally “wasted and ill-advised”.
He said LTAT lost no money at all and in fact, had made money and would continue to make money from the construction works of the military bases and from the contract to move the Sungai Besi airbase.
As Rafizi would appeal against the court verdict, Huan said the PKR leader cannot seek a re-election until and unless he secured a favourable outcome in his appeal.
He pointed out that Rafizi still had civil and criminal cases pending – the four years-old Bafia, LTAT, Tabung Haji and Najib-Rosmah ‘saya hanya bergurau’ (I was just joking) ring cases.
“I can only say that Rafizi asked for this. And now he has got what he wanted,” said Huan.