PKR director of strategy Rafizi Ramli was charged in the Sessions Court on Wednesday with revealing confidential banking details linked to the National Feedlot Corporation (NFC) scandal. The party’s strategy director, whom many view as Umno’s “Enemy No. 1”, was taken to the Hulu Kelang police station and will be presented later at the Sessions Court in Shah Alam to be charged.
Rafizi pleaded not guilty to revealing details protected under the Banking and Financial Insitutions Act (Bafia) on secrecy. Sessions Court judge Aslam Zainuddin allowed bail at RM15,000 with Nik Nazmi as the bailor.
Former bank clerk Johari Mohamad also charged with abetting Rafizi at the same place and time. Both of them face a maximum three years jail and maximum RM3mil fine, or both, upon conviction Both cases were fixed for mention on Sept 10 and Aslam allowed a joint trial.
Rafizi was investigated for contravening Bafia by releasing the banking details of the National Feedlot Corporation, owned by the then-Women Family and Community Development Minister Datuk Seri Shahrizat Abdul Jalil’s husband Datuk Seri Mohamad Salleh Ismail and her children.
Bank Negara’s investigation against Rafizi came about after NFC chairperson Mohamad Salleh’s police complaint against him for 21 breaches for revealing private and confidential banking details that are protected under Part XIII of Bafia on secrecy and information.