Malaysia

Rafizi hauled up under OSA in Ampang LRT probe

Rafizi said he declined to answer any of the investigators’ questions. — File picRafizi said he declined to answer any of the investigators’ questions. — File picKUALA LUMPUR, July 13 — PKR’s Rafizi Ramli was summoned today by police investigating alleged violations of the Official Secrets Act (ACT) related to leaked documents from the award of the Ampang LRT extension.

The party’s strategy director has been at the vanguard of allegations against Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak for intervening in the tender process to favour the George Kent consortium.

“I only said ‘I will answer in court’, when questioned by police,” Rafizi told The Malaysian Insider when contacted this evening.

“Under Section 112 of the Criminal Procedure Code, we have the right not answer as what we say may be used subsequently to prosecute us.”

According to Rafizi, he arrived at the police station in Tropicana in Petaling Jaya at 3pm and was questioned for approximately an hour.

Earlier today, he had expanded his allegations of interference in the award of the lucrative rail extension project by linking French multinational Thales — which played a role in the sale of the Scorpene submarines to Malaysia — to three of the LRT contract’s bidders.

He suggested that the preferential treatment given to Thales pointed to interference in the selection process by Najib.

On Tuesday, he showed reporters a copy of a Ministry of Finance approval letter dated last June 25 purportedly awarding the deal to George Kent — one of the three firms that mounted a joint bid with Thales.

The government has not made an announcement yet on the winner of the contract.

Rafizi has repeatedly accused the prime minister of interfering in the tender bid and granting the multimillion contract to George Kent, which had scored one of the lowest points in the technical and commercial evaluation for the project, but has not shown proof until this week.

PKR had recently lodged a police report on the issue, citing Najib for criminal breach of trust in his alleged interference in the project award, which has yet to be announced publicly.

The Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) has also kicked off investigations at Syarikat Prasarana Negara Bhd (SPNB) over the RM960 million contract.

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