PETALING JAYA: Rafizi Ramli has admitted his mistake in associating the wrong individual, as well as naming the wrong company, in relation to the issue of Godfrey Group Ltd, a firm named in the US as having paid a Washington lobbyist.
The PKR vice-president said his team of volunteers were “confused” by the addresses of two companies that are located in the same area, and have directors that shared the same name of “Florence Goh”.
“I can now confirm that (Florence) Goh Siew Boey from CRT Insights Technologies Sdn Bhd is not the Florence Goh that is the director of Godfrey Group Limited, which is involved in the agreement with the lobby firm,” Rafizi said in a statement today, hours after Florence Goh Siew Boey denied any links with Godfrey Group.
A filing in the US Department of Justice (DoJ) said Godfrey Group paid US$250,000 (RM1.07 million) to US lobby firm, The 45 Group, led by Healy Baumgardner-Nardone, a former aide to US President Donald Trump.
The DoJ form submitted by Baumgardner-Nardone had listed Godfrey Group’s principal address as 43, Jalan Molek 2/3, Taman Molek, Johor Bahru.
The claim was denied by Putrajaya, saying it did not appoint individuals or companies to do lobbying works in the US.
Following that, Rafizi on Saturday named one Florence Goh as the director of Godfrey Group, adding that the woman was also known to Deputy Home Minister Nur Jazlan Ahmad and Felda chairman Shahrir Abdul Samad.
Rafizi said today he took full responsibility for the mistake.
“I accept full responsibility for this mistake, and apologise to Goh Siew Boey and CRT Insights Technologies for airing their names in public.”
His apology came after Siew Boey, in a press conference in Putrajaya today, denied any involvement with the Godfrey Group.
Siew Boey also demanded a public apology from Rafizi for naming her and her company in his allegations.
MCA deputy president Wee Ka Siong, who was also present at the press conference with Siew Boey, had furnished the registration details obtained from the Companies Commission of Malaysia (SSM) to prove Rafizi’s mistake.
He said while Rafizi had claimed that the Jalan Molek 2/3 address – listed in the DoJ form – was the same address shared with Siew Boey’s CRT Insights Technologies, the SSM documents showed the latter is actually registered at Jalan Molek 2/1.
“The difference in the two addresses is just one digit which is ‘/1’ compared with ‘/3’, and that had caused some confusion,” Rafizi said in response to Wee.
“Anyhow, I had asked them to come forward and explain, hence, I appreciate their explanation. And I’m not hesitating to apologise because they (CRT Insights Technologies and Goh Siew Boey) are not involved with this case.”