Rafizi in ‘hot soup’ over whatsApp discussion

The Pandan MP will submit a report to PKR President Wan Azizah Wan Ismail on his reference to  lawmaker Zuraida Kamaruddin in the allegedly leaked communication, in no way an accusation against her or party leaders.

PRESS STATEMENT I regret that a private conversation I had in whatsApp was taken out of context and presented to the public. It could unnecessarily malign the Selangor Government.

As to the specific allegation I made in whatsApp, I intend to compile a report based on whatever information I have gathered so far. I will submit the report to Wan Azizah Wan Ismail, our president, to obtain her advice and instruction.

This will be handled internally through the due process that our constitution provides.

I confirm that I was referring to lawmaker Zuraida Kamaruddin in the allegedly leaked communication. The reference to her in my leaked whatsApp messages was in no way an accusation against her or party leaders.

I also expressed my concern in a private whatAapp communication with Zuraida more than a month ago. In PKR, we should be more vigilant and sensitive to any accusation of corrupt practices against party members and not dismiss these allegations automatically.

The Opposition must uphold the same high standard that it expects of Barisan Nasional (BN). At the end of the day, we are accountable when we meet our Creator.

That has always been my biggest fear from the moment I assumed public office.

I am referring to various online news reports on an alleged leaked communication that featured a printscreen of messages that I had allegedly posted in a whatsApp discussion. I can confirm that I did write the messages. The discussion was in a closed group whose members are predominantly PKR and reformasi supporters.

Earlier, I met with some individuals on issues concerning “accountability and governance” in general. They cited some examples of what they alleged as misconduct that I should look into.

Such meetings were normal for me as the Executive Director of the National Oversight & Whistleblowers (NOW). I receive thousands of tip offs, complaints and information each year that cite misconduct or mismanagement of various public and private institutions. Only a small fraction of these tip offs or complaints ever become public. Most do not pass the level of scrutiny required.

 

Rafizi Ramli

Pandan MP

PKR Secretary-General

 

 

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