The big story today is this;
So, there are a lot of hue and cry over it in cyberspace at the moment.
Regular readers of this blog should know that I'm definitely not a fan of Shahrizat, the central political figure of the NFC issue which lead to the whole thing.
But still I was quite irritated by the complaints against the court decision, some of which were totally irrational.
They were as if Rafizi and the bank clerk were totally innocent.
They broke the law for heaven's sake.
Quoting a WhatsApp message forwarded by a friend ;
"Information yg ada kat bank tu confidential..cara dia expose tu tak betul...kerani tu ambik exposekan information tu...kalau tak ambik tindakan...nanti kita punya banking system akan hilang credibility n integrity...Aku bukan penyokong Shahrizat."
And they are yet to go to jail.
There's still the appeal process.
Even the Election Commission has said that
It's not as if he was bundled up and sent to jail right away.
So, chill la.
I think Azmin Ali would say the same thing about this.
Anyway, since there are already a lot of stuff out there now condemning the court decision, I would like to share this one which was sent to me via WhatsApp just now;
Why Rafizi does not deserve pity for NFC 30 months jail
Rafizi just released a sob story on how he fought for the rakyat and got punished with a 30 months jail for "exposing the corruption" NFC saga.
At the end of that sob story is the typical message to ask the public to donate to him.
The law is the law. While no one wants to see anyone go to jail, its important to set Rafizi;s story straight to tell you what actually happened.
Using bank statements of NFC Corp on March 7, 2012, Rafizi made the very public accusation that NFC corp had misappropriated a RM250mil soft loan to buy luxury condominiums instead of breeding cattle.
However, the NFC company disputed this and sued Rafizi for defamation - a case which the NFC won in the high court. Rafizi then paid the RM300k in damages to NFC.
Essentially, Rafizi had broken the BAFIA act to expose private bank statements of NFC to make an allegation that was later proven by the court to be false.
The BAFIA law is very clear here. If you expose another persons bank statements, you broke the law. Rafizi knows this.
Why should he be given pity when he willingly and knowingly broke the law to slander someone else?
Rafizi wasn't even the first person to "expose" this NFC company's troubles. It was the govt itself that "exposed" NFC.
The 2010 Auditor-General’s Report saying that NFC had failed to comply with the objectives of its formation after a soft loan of RM250 million was given by the govt.
At the time of the March 2012 "expose" by Rafizi, The parliamentary Public Account’s Committee (PAC) was already examining the NFC issue based on what was revealed in the AG report. So was the MACC.
Rafizi wasn't even the "hero" who exposed the NFC so why should he deserves "pity" for playing the hero?
You must also remember that unlike the RM305mil overpriced reports for the Penang Tunnel, the RM250mil approved under Muhyiddin Yassin's Ministry of Agriculture then is a soft loan that NFC still have to bear interest costs on and repay the loan.
Yes, the project ran into implementation problems - partly due to the govt's delays in building an abattoir as well as proper roads leading to the farms - but at the end of the day, NFC still has to repay the loan with interest.
To say that Rafizi did not benefit from his slanderous and illegal March 2012 "expose" is certainly not correct.
Due to this, Rafizi rose out of obscurity to became a household name. He was then given the Pandan parliament seat to run in GE13, which he won and has drawn a RM29,000 monthly tax-free salary ever since.
Using his fame, he has also collected millions in donation from the public where some of the money was later traced to pay for a service fee for a Rafizi-owned company supplying manpower to Invoke.
Fame and fortune came his way due to this NFC "expose". Should we then pity Rafizi that "he got nothing" when he knowingly broke the law?
You all tell me la.