Rafizi apologises for bungle on ex-minister’s ‘brother’

PKR vice-president Rafizi Ramli says he had no intention of causing Abdul Rahman Dahlan any humiliation.

KUALA LUMPUR: PKR vice-president Rafizi Ramli today apologised to Abdul Rahman Dahlan for claiming the former minister had awarded a government contract to his own brother.

In his statement of apology tendered in the High Court, Rafizi acknowledged his mistake in not verifying the information he had obtained from a reporter on the identity of Raslan Dahlan, the CEO of Pico Integrated Exhibit Sdn Bhd.

Rafizi had alleged that Raslan was Rahman’s brother during a press conference last year.

Pico Integrated had obtained the contract for Expo Negaraku 2017, an exhibition show-casing infrastructure projects including the controversial Bandar Malaysia project.

“I realised I made a mistake later as Rahman Dahlan is not related to Raslan Dahlan or the company.

“I regret my action and I had no intention to cause him any humiliation,” Rafizi said in his statement read by lawyer Abdul Halim Abdul Karim before High Court judge Zaki Abdul Wahab.

Rafizi also agreed to pay Rahman costs of RM20,000.

Zaki then struck out the defamation suit filed by Rahman against Rafizi early this year.

The former Kota Belud MP had claimed that Rafizi’s statement was made in bad faith in order to tarnish his reputation.

“Rafizi made his statement recklessly, without verifying the facts,” he said, accusing the former Pandan MP of wanting to gain publicity.

Rahman also alleged that Rafizi had admitted his statement was false but refused to apologise.