Rafizi should have called me or minister for explanation, Liew says on Mat Sabu's aide case

Nor Ain Mohamed Radhi

KUALA LUMPUR: Deputy Defence Minister Liew Chin Tong has questioned the need for PKR vice-president Rafizi Ramli to divulge documents on his superior's aide, who is currently under the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) probe.

Liew said Rafizi should not have acted in such a way and could have informed him or the Defence Minister Mohamad Sabu himself on the issue personally.

“It is unfair on the part of the senior officer, who is currently being investigated by the MACC.

“It seems like we are allowing a premature judgement by the media.

“By right, Rafizi should have contacted either the minister or myself or the officer in order to get further explanation.

“There is no need for the officer to be the subjected to trial by the media,” he told reporters when met at the Parliament lobby.

Yesterday, Rafizi revealed four suspicious payments received by the senior officer, each totalling RM318,525; RM100,000; RM300,000 and RM100,800 on May 30 and 31.

Rafizi was reportedly as saying that the excuse given that the money were raised from a crowdfunding initiative to release the officer from his bankrupt status was not acceptable.

Prior to this, MACC deputy chief commissioner (operations), Datuk Seri Azam Baki has confirmed that an investigation is being carried out on the officer.

Meanwhile, Liew said he know the officer for six years and was aware of his bankrupt status.

“It is not wrong for the officer to borrow money from friends.

“In order for him to be appointed, there are families and friends who are willing to help. There's nothing suspicious here.

“Let the MACC carry out their investigation and decide the next course of action.” © New Straits Times Press (M) Bhd