PETALING JAYA: PKR vice-president Rafizi Ramli said he was going ahead filing a suit against Raja Petra Kamarudin, after the blogger accused him and several PKR leaders of receiving millions of ringgit from a businessman.
Rafizi said he was aware that he would not get any monetary compensation from Raja Petra, saying the self-exiled blogger had been declared a bankrupt.
“Even if I win, I will not get any compensation from him, in fact I will have to fork out legal fees to file the suit,” said Rafizi.
“But I don’t want money. I want the truth.”
Last week, the Pandan MP, fresh from his statutory declaration claiming that a former PAS leader had received 1MDB-linked funds, denied receiving any money from Soh Chee Wen, the Malaysian businessman who is now in custody in Singapore over the 2013 penny stock crash.
Among others, Raja Petra named former opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim, former minister Zaid Ibrahim, PKR secretary-general Saifuddin Nasution, as well as news portal Free Malaysia Today.
“Rafizi should also come out and tell us about the millions that he, Saifuddin Nasution, Zaid Ibrahim, and many more in PKR received from John Soh Chee Wen,” said Raja Petra in a blog posting early this month.
He further said that Soh had given “Zaid alone RM6 million”, while Rafizi and Saifuddin received about RM20 million.
“Anwar Ibrahim got much more than that, as did Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail and Nurul Izzah. In fact, Free Malaysia Today got RM12 million as well, just like The Malaysian Insider got RM13 million from Tong Kooi Ong — as Ho Kay Tat, the publisher of The Edge Media Group, revealed,” wrote Raja Petra.
Describing Raja Petra as a mercenary writer, Rafizi urged politicians from both sides of the divide to be careful of claims made by him.
“Unfortunately, his lies are always picked up by leaders of society without examining the facts,” he said.
He took to task Kelantan Deputy Menteri Besar, Mohd Amar Nik Abdullah, for trying to drag in Anwar in his recent expose about 1MDB-linked money going to former PAS deputy president, Nasharudin Mat Isa.
Last Thursday, Rafizi issued a statutory declaration (SD) recalling his conversation with a former anti-graft senior officer, who informed him that Nasharudin had received part of the money which allegedly made its way to Najib Razak’s bank account.
Amar had recently said that if Rafizi’s SD were to be believed, the same principle should be applied to the sodomy allegation by Anwar’s former aide Mohd Saiful Bukhari Azlan.
But Rafizi said Amar was confused as Saiful had never made the claim through an SD.
On the other hand, he said an SD issued by a doctor disputing Saiful’s claim of being a sodomy victim, had remained unchallenged.
“Police too never took any action against Dr Mohamad Osman Abdul Hamid, which shows that the claims in the SD are true,” said Rafizi referring to a former doctor at Hospital Pusrawi who examined Saiful.