PUTRAJAYA, April 6 – Pandan MP Rafizi Ramli is being held under remand for three days from today to assist in the investigation over the disclosure of documents and allegations pertaining to the Armed Forces Fund Board (LTAT). The remand order was issued by Magistrate Nik Isfahanie Tasnim Wan Ab Rahman after Rafizi was produced in court at 1.50pm. Rafizi was accompanied by policemen and his lawyer, R. Sivarasa.
Rafizi, who is a PKR vice-president and the party secretary-general, was arrested outside Parliament House at 6.20pm yesterday under Section 8 of the Official Secrets Act (OSA) 1972. Sivarasa said to reporters that several belongings of Rafizi, such as computer, laptop and handphones, were confiscated by the police who called at the PKR headquarters in Damansara and the elected representative’s service centre and house in Kampung Pandan.
He said it was believed that Rafizi would be taken to the police lockup in Jinjang, where he was held yesterday, for further investigation. LTAT had said in a statement that it had initiated legal action against Rafizi over his allegation on the payment of gratuities to LTAT veterans.
LTAT chairman Tan Sri Mohd Anwar Mohd Nor said Rafizi’s allegations were slanderous and malicious and were intended to destroy the LTAT reputation and credibility. In Kuala Lumpur, Dewan Rakyat Speaker Tan Sri Pandikar Amin Mulia said he would find out whether Rafizi’s arrest violated Dewan Rakyat Standing Orders.
He said he would make a ruling on the matter after having compiled information from the relevant parties. Several opposition MPs today questioned the arrest of Rafizi at a time when the Dewan Rakyat was sitting, claiming that the act was disrecpectful of the house. Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar had tweeted on Tuesday that Rafizi was arrested outside the Parliament building and would be investigated under Section 8 of the OSA 1972.