On Thursday, Rafizi Ramli had been asked to enter his defence on charges under the Official Secrets Act (OSA) for allegedly exposing classified documents related to Lembaga Tabung Angkatan Tentera (LTAT), the government pension fund for military personnel.
Now faced with the possibility of being put away in jail if found guilty, Rafizi, who has been Pandan MP since 2013, said he was ready for that eventuality. A person found guilty under the OSA will have to serve a mandatory jail sentence.
However, most of the voters who spoke to Malaysiakini yesterday in Pandan – a parliamentary constituency in Selangor located east of Kuala Lumpur - expressed sadness over his potential jail sentence.
Razlina Mohd Nor, who has lived in the Pandan area for 11 years, said that she hoped Rafizi could still remain as their representative as she felt he had done a lot of good for the people.
“I pray that he will be free from these charges. I feel that what he’s doing is right, because we as the rakyat have a right to know,” she told Malaysiakini at the Pandan Capital shopping mall...