KUALA LUMPUR: PKR vice-president Rafizi Ramli has been arrested under the Official Secret Act (OSA) to facilitate investigations over claims he made against Armed Forces Fund Board (LTAT).
The Pandan member of Parliament was arrested in front of the Parliament gate here at about 6.20pm yesterday as he was leaving the Parliament House, and taken to the federal police headquarters in Bukit Aman.
Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar tweeted that Rafizi was arrested under the OSA, but did not provide further details.
“@PDRMsia (the Royal Malaysia Police) confirms YB Rafizi Ramli was arrested a short while ago, outside Parliament House and will be investigated under Section 8 of the Official Secrets Act (OSA) 1972,” he tweeted yesterday.
PKR’s Subang MP R. Sivarasa said the party had been informed of the news.
“We will need to get in touch with the police and find out what happened.
Kuala Terengganu MP Raja Kamarul Bahrin, who witnessed the arrest, said he saw a large number of police officers in Parliament.
“There were about two or three police cars and about 15 officers who came to arrest him.
“I was behind Rafizi’s car. I got down from my car to ask what was happening.
“Rafizi was not allowed to speak, and when I questioned the officers, they did not entertain me,” he said.
On March 28, Rafizi revealed details from what he claimed was an excerpt of the Attorney-General’s report on 1MDB proving that the Government investment arm was partly to blame for delays in the gratuity payments by the board.
On Monday, the board said in a statement that it had commenced a lawsuit against Rafizi over his claims.
The board’s chairman, Laksamana (Rtd) Tan Sri Mohd Anwar Mohd Nor, said Rafizi’s accusations were defamatory, made maliciously to tarnish the good reputation and credibility of the board.
Commercial Crime Investigation Department director Comm Datuk Seri Mortadza Nazarene said police would only apply for a remand order today.