Rafizi wants IGP to contest in Pandan


(The Star) – PKR’s Rafizi Ramli (pic) has challenged Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar to contest in Pandan in the next general election.

“If IGP wants to play politics let’s contest in Pandan,” tweeted Rafizi on Saturday.

The Pandan MP was responding to Khalid’s statement that police never instructed him to place his hands behind his back.

“The instructions of putting my hands behind was made at the discretion of the officer in the presence of my lawyer. The statement made by @KBAB51 is slanderous and I will consult my lawyer,” tweeted Rafizi.

Khalid on Friday dismissed claims that his officers had instructed Rafizi to place his hands behind his back when arrested.

“No such thing. He is just cooking up fairy tales to further confuse people,” Khalid told a news portal.

“My officers never instructed him to keep his hands behind his back using standard operating procedure as a justification.

“The officers were escorting him, and he could have placed his hands by his side or anywhere else when walking, there were no restrictions for this,” he said.

Khalid also tweeted on Thursday that Rafizi was never handcuffed since he was arrested on Tuesday.

The PKR vice-president was arrested in front of Parliament gates on Tuesday under Section 8 of the Official Secrets Act (OSA).

He was charged on Friday with criminal defamation and two offences under the OSA.

Footage and pictures of Rafizi walking with both his hands behind his back as though he was handcuffed as he was escorted by police went viral this week.

After realising that Rafizi wasn’t actually handcuffed, netizens commented that he was being dramatic and that he was acting.