Rafizi to meet Hong Kong anti-graft outfit with or without AG’s nod

Rafizi Ramli. — Picture by Choo Choy May
Rafizi Ramli. — Picture by Choo Choy May

PETALING JAYA, Dec 20 ― PKR strategic director Rafizi Ramli said today he will proceed to meet with Hong Kong’s Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC) with or without Attorney-General Tan Sri Abdul Gani Pattail’s approval somewhere in January.

Rafizi has also given out a list of papers required from Abdul Gani to help facilitate his investigation on allegations of corruption against the latter, including purported documents linking him to several companies in Hong Kong as well as bank account details.

“I will go to Hong Kong after the new year due to the holidays and all, with or without the AG’s approval,” he told a press conference held at the party’s headquarters here.

Abdul Gani had previously said that he is was willing to provide Rafizi with the authorisation letter needed for a scrutiny of the AG’s bank accounts.

The AG said he had already issued a statement on the matter to assist Rafizi and that the Parti Keadilan Rakyat strategy director should not trouble himself in approaching Hong Kong’s Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC).

“No need for him to trouble himself. What he needs to do now is just come and meet me and I will issue the authorisation letter to facilitate him in checking my accounts in Hong Kong, if there are any,” he said.

Abdul Gani said Hong Kong also had a similar set up like Companies Commission of Malaysia (SSM) and Rafizi could carry out the search without much hassle.

“If there is one (bank account), it must be a miracle,” he added.

Rafizi had said he would seek the cooperation of the Hong Kong authorities to investigate alleged misconduct by Abdul Gani as claimed by Kuala Lumpur CID former director Datuk Mat Zain Ibrahim in a 31-page statutory declaration (SD) recently.

In the list, Rafizi wanted Abdul Gani to provide approval letters to the relevant agencies, including the Central Bank, allowing him access to all the AG’s bank account details as well as his immediate family members from January 2005 up to December 2010, which is after the Batu Puteh case was tried in the international court.

He also wanted Abdul Gani to allow the Hong Kong banking authorities and other local enforcement agencies to hand over details of the latter’s purported bank accounts in Hong Kong as well as those of his immediate family members.

In Mat Zain’s SD, which he sent to the Prime Minister’s Office on October 9, the retired policeman defended his earlier allegation that Abdul Gani was bribed to intentionally lose the Pulau Batu Puteh case.

Mat Zain had quoted prominent Umno lawyer Tan Sri Muhammad Shafee Abdullah as saying, “You will not believe your eyes if you were to see the amount of cash that was transferred into Gani’s account in Hong Kong.”

Shafee has since distanced himself from Mat Zain’s allegations, rejecting the remarks in his affidavit-in-reply for the government’s appeal against the sodomy acquittal of Opposition Leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim last week.

Pulau Batu Puteh, or Pedra Branca as it is now known, was a disputed island claimed by Malaysia and Singapore since 1979, when Malaysia published a map indicating the island to be within its territory.

This led to a nearly three-decade dispute with Singapore that was finally ended when the island was ruled to be Singaporean territory by the International Court of Justice in 2008.