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Azmin slams Rafizi's 'arrogant' statement against MACC boss

Mohamed Azmin Ali says Rafizi Ramli's remarks show his character in attempting to disparage a civil servant.

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Perikatan Nasional election director Mohamed Azmin Ali.
Perikatan Nasional election director Mohamed Azmin Ali.

Perikatan Nasional (PN) election director Mohamed Azmin Ali has described PKR deputy president Rafizi Ramli’s statement against Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) chief commissioner Azam Baki as arrogant.

Azmin said the statement issued by Rafizi also showed the character of the Pakatan Harapan (PH) leader in his attempt to disparage a civil servant.

The PN candidate for the Gombak parliamentary seat said members of the civil service were only carrying out their duties and were not politicians.

"Don't be antagonistic with civil servants... there is no need.

"Civil servants can see for themselves the character of PH," he told reporters after a programme in Putrajaya yesterday.
According to media reports, Rafizi, at a PH ceramah in Johor Bahru, said that PH "will come after" Azam if the coalition wins the 15th general election (GE15).

NGO Pertubuhan Jalinan Perpaduan Negara had previously called on MACC to investigate the RM18.85 million in assets declared by Rafizi, who is also the PH candidate for the Pandan parliamentary seat in GE15.

Meanwhile, when asked about DAP chairman Lim Guan Eng's act to sue him for allegedly making false statements, Azmin said: "Anyone has the right to do so (file a suit), I am only stating some things that caused PH to be rejected by the people."

The media reported yesterday that Lim had instructed his lawyer to begin defamation proceedings against Azmin for making a false statement by alleging that the former had abused his power as finance minister.

Lim said Azmin had accused him of using the Inland Revenue Board to go after "MCA-linked companies", impose new taxes on businesses, and impose additional taxes on certain "Chinese businesses".