PETALING JAYA: It looks like Pandan MP Rafizi Ramli’s money woes are over, at least in respect of the RM300,000 he was ordered to pay in costs and damages relating to the National Feedlot Corporation suit against him.
In a post on Facebook yesterday, the PKR vice-president revealed that he has collected RM1,585,014.49, five times the amount needed to pay NFC, adding that the 7,435 contributors had come from all walks of life.
“In the most ironic way, over the last one week I saw Malaysians of all races, religions, economic and social classes come together for one purpose: to send the message that they would support anyone who stands up against corruption,” he said.
He said the most touching part was the manner in which the donations were delivered. Even some PAS lawmakers had walked from the left flank of the Dewan Rakyat to hand over cash donations in full view of the house, he added.
He added that during one of his campaign stopovers in Temerloh last week, an elderly lady had passed him RM20 stapled to a note of encouragement.
He said that of the 5,135 contributors whose details are available, 1,575 were Malays, 2,903 were Chinese, 348 were Indians, 40 were Sabah Bumiputeras and 91 were Sarawak Bumiputeras.
“About 2,300 people contributed anonymously at the cash deposit machines, so we are unable to identify them,” he said, adding that 84% of the contributions were in small amounts ranging between RM10 and RM200.
Rafizi said RM300,000 would be given to his lawyers to comply with the court order while the balance will be used to fund Invoke’s ongoing campaigns in 50 marginal constituencies around the country, which cost approximately RM300,000 a month.
“The largest chunk of this goes to pay the salaries of the 80+ staff around the country who work quietly behind the scenes to win these 50 marginal seats.”
He said Invoke will provide quarterly reports on how the money is spent, and the audited financial statements will be made public.
In October last year, in ruling that he had defamed NFC and its chairman Datuk Mohamad Salleh Ismail, the Kuala Lumpur High Court awarded a total of RM200,000 damages to Salleh and NFC and Rafizi was also ordered to pay cost of RM100,000 to Salleh and his company.