Rafizi says Latiff is stupid and corrupt
When asked for a response today, Rafizi lashed out at Latiff as “stupid”, and repeated his accusation that the former deputy minister had created a shell company to receive RM200 million in government contracts. “He made a company for RM2, RM10, RM100, that’s all the money he put in, then he used his connections to get a project, so it’s all easy money.”
(Malaysia Now) – A visibly annoyed Rafizi Ramli today took aim at MalaysiaNow while lashing out at critics who posed questions about the PKR-linked Invoke Solutions, as the party deputy president was again grilled for details surrounding his asset declaration which saw him claiming a jump of RM17 million in personal wealth.
Rafizi, who had earlier said he was a self-made millionaire by the age of 30, was asked why, in 2017, he had appealed for public donations to defend himself in a defamation suit by the National Feedlot Corporation (NFC).
Rafizi then accused MalaysiaNow of being a mouthpiece for his critics, including his predecessor Mohamed Azmin Ali who defeated him in the contest for the deputy president’s post in the 2018 PKR party polls.
“Oh no wonder, it’s Azmin Ali’s mouthpiece. Sorry, I’m not going to entertain. It’s OK, whatever I have to address, I will address on (my) blog and so on, you can Google and take it from there,” he said.
Rafizi, who called the press conference over what he said were instances of abuse in the award of a RM2 billion contract by the government, also accused MalaysiaNow of being “a mouthpiece for Latiff Ahmad”, a reference to Bersatu’s Dr Abdul Latiff Ahmad who had been criticising the PKR leader over his latest asset declaration.
He then repeatedly mocked the reporter, suggesting that he was not well-versed in finance.
“That’s why I said go back and try to understand finance, because I just explained it just now about share capital. You don’t get it, do you? I have already answered your third question. Did you get it?
“Whatever cash I had has already been put into funding the general election in share capital,” he said, in an apparent reference to his injection into Invoke, a data analytics company he set up to help PKR gauge public support in the run-up to the 2018 election.
Rafizi came under scrutiny following his declaration of assets in which he listed RM16.7 million in shares from Invoke as part of a total of RM19.67 million in assets owned.
Latiff, alongside former PKR MP Rashid Hasnon, took Rafizi to task for listing the RM16.7 million worth of shares as his own, and reminded him that none of the staff at Invoke had been allocated shares despite a promise he made five years ago.
Latiff had also questioned the worth of Invoke’s shares when the company recorded losses with net assets at minus RM4.7 million as of December last year.
“However, in Rafizi’s declaration as of Oct 31, 2022, this value had jumped to RM17 million,” he added.
When asked for a response today, Rafizi lashed out at Latiff as “stupid”, and repeated his accusation that the former deputy minister had created a shell company to receive RM200 million in government contracts.
“He made a company for RM2, RM10, RM100, that’s all the money he put in, then he used his connections to get a project, so it’s all easy money.”
Rafizi also said he did not want to “waste time” responding to Latiff’s incessant statements over his Invoke shares.
“If he continues to do this, he will actually look even more stupid,” he added.