KUALA LUMPUR: Rafizi Ramli today said his call for PKR colleague Adam Rosly to take leave from his party post does not apply to DAP secretary-general Lim Guan Eng as their circumstances in being charged by the courts were different.
The PKR vice-president said the two cases were not the same and he had been clear about this in his statement yesterday when he asked that Adam, who is the party’s Ampang Youth chief, go on leave pending the outcome of his trial.
“Adam Rosly’s case is actually quite straightforward. He has not been able to explain how he amassed his wealth. He did not declare his assets,” Rafizi told reporters at the office of Invoke Centre for Policy Initiatives (I-CPI) here.
He said Lim, who is Penang chief minister, should be allowed to defend himself against the corruption-related charges slapped on him.
“Let them (the charges) be contested in court,” he said.
“I think the public is wise enough to tell the difference between pure political persecution cases and cases which clearly cannot be explained by the current moral standards we uphold in Pakatan Harapan,” Rafizi said.
On June 30 last year, Lim was charged at the Penang High Court with using his public office or position to obtain gratification for himself and his wife, Betty Chew, by approving an application by Magnificent Emblem Sdn Bhd to convert agricultural land for residential purposes.
Lim was also alleged to have used his position to obtain gratification by purchasing a bungalow from businesswoman Phang Li Koon for RM2.8 million, below the property’s market value of RM4.7 million on July 28, 2015.
On April 21 this year, Adam was charged in the Kuala Lumpur Sessions Court under Sections 32(8)(c) and 89 of the Anti-Money Laundering, Anti-Terrorism Financing and Proceeds of Unlawful Activities Act for providing forged documents as valid documents and giving false evidence.
The 29 year old, who carries the ‘Datuk’ title, had been arrested by Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) the day before for investigation into his “unusual” wealth.
The MACC also seized Adam’s RM1.2 million castle-styled bungalow and five luxury cars. His bank account, and that of his wife, which contained over RM212,000, were also frozen.
Rafizi, who is also MP for Pandan, said if all politicians who went on trial had to take leave, he would also be affected.
“If you go on that basis, I will be the first one to leave politics because I face 12 charges.”
He said, however, they were all “public-interest cases” and did not necessitate him taking leave.
“I expose scandals. I bring issues which Barisan Nasional (BN) want to supress through the Official Secrets Act (OSA),” he said.
“So I think we have to go on a case-by-case basis.
“In the case of Adam Rosly, I waited until the charges were brought against him because I wanted to know what exactly these charges were.”
In his statement yesterday, Rafizi had also repeated his call for Adam to declare his assets and take leave to prevent PKR from being dragged into allegations he was facing.
He said the party’s leadership needed to distance itself from the “private crisis” Adam was facing in light of the upcoming 14th general election due next year, saying it could be called any time now.
Rafizi had also said the charges against Adam had created fodder for PKR’s political rivals to attack the party.