PKR’s Rafizi claims politicians in ‘panic mode’ interfering with LCS probe
“During the course of the police taking my statement, I hope that the same action will be accorded to Dr Abdul Latiff at a police station.
(MMO) – PKR deputy president Rafizi Ramli called on politicians to refrain from pressuring and interfering with the civil service, especially enforcement agencies and the judiciary, over the littoral combat ship (LCS) scandal.
He said this was to avoid a negative public perception and to also uphold the good image of the judiciary, the police and enforcement agencies so that they can investigate the case freely.
“To me, the public knows what is going on as they can read the details from the declassified forensic audit report released by Boustead Heavy Industries Corp Bhd (BHIC),” said Rafizi to reporters early this morning after chairing his second meeting with the newly appointed Johor PKR state leadership council at the party’s state office in Pusat Perdagangan Danga Utama in Skudai here.
Rafizi was responding to questions on his reaction to being called up by the police to give his statement following his accusation linking Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department (Special Functions) Datuk Dr Abdul Latiff Ahmad to alleged financial misconduct in relation to the RM9 billion LCS procurement.
He had earlier asked the police to launch an investigation into the scandal but was met with a counter-complaint filed by an aide of Dr Abdul Latiff, who is also the Mersing MP, yesterday for alleged defamation.
Rafizi then expressed his concern that this could mean the police might not record Dr Abdul Latiff’s statement or even investigate him in relation to his earlier police report.
He said that if that were to happen, it might give the public the perception that this was because the police are under the Home Ministry whose minister Datuk Seri Hamzah Zainudin is in the same party Dr Abdul Latiff.