YOURSAY | ‘Rafizi was doing a service to the nation by exposing the NFC scandal.’
Anonymous 2443871479002035: PKR vice-president Rafizi Ramli and former bank clerk Johari Mohamad are set to go to jail for exposing the National Feedlot Corporation (NFC) saga. Where is the justice?
Wanita Umno chief Shahrizat Abdul Jalil and her husband are now laughing all the way to the bank, so to speak. And they will live happily ever after that?
I don't believe this. There must be a happier ending for Rafizi and Johari.
Newday: This is what happens to whistleblowers uncovering alleged fraud and misappropriation of public’s money.
Yes, strictly speaking, the duo may have broken a now defunct law - but we are meant to protect whistleblowers, not damn them.
We are meant to pursue justice against the perpetrators, not let them off. Remember, this was no minor exercise in fraud - millions of ringgit in dodgy dealings, and yet no justice.
Anonymous 2436471476414726: For heaven's sake, Rafizi was doing a service to the nation by exposing the NFC scandal. The judge should have taken this into account when sentencing him.
A slap on the wrist would suffice; say, a fine of not more than RM1,500 without any custodial sentence. Now Rafizi would risk disqualification as a candidate in GE14, just what Umno was wishing for.
Truthseeker: Justice à la Malaysia. No wonder those who steal from public coffers have no fear and continue to steal.
Only in Malaysia, whistleblowers are prosecuted while the crooks allegedly get to enjoy their stolen loots.
Anonymous 2436471476414726: It is sad that the laws give protection to those who abuse government's money simply because they are well-connected.
Those who expose such misdeeds, however, are treated as criminals and sentenced to jail. Something is not right with the justice system in our country.
Victor Johan: “Sessions Court judge Zamri Bakar said the prosecution has, beyond reasonable doubt, proven their violation of the Banking and Financial Institutions Act (Bafia).
“The judge said he found that the defence had failed to raise doubt and hence the prosecution has proven the case beyond reasonable doubt.”
What? Didn't the defence raise enough doubts? Let us all see Zamri detailing these in his written judgment.
I would only thank the judge for having allowed a stay pending appeal. In the aftermath of GE14, we want a new MACC and a new team in the judiciary looking into all these decisions.
Redhero: Deputy public prosecutor Lailawati Ali proposed a fine of RM500,000 and six months' jail but the judge sentenced Rafizi and Johari to 30 months’ jail. What's going on?
We must make sure that Shahrizat loses heavily wherever she stands in GE14. This in itself will be a victory for Rafizi, who will probably not be eligible to contest in the coming elections.
Let us send a strong message to these Umno/BN leaders and also to the authorities who are abetting these people.
Slumdog: This is another black day in the execution of justice in Malaysia where miscarriages of justice are the norm. In this country, the opposition or anyone who dares to reveal the truth is penalised.
Anonymous 9643521857343: Congratulations, Rafizi. You have been given a badge of honour by the government. Wear it proudly. This is the hour when courage is needed and perseverance is tested.
Anonymous 2436471476414726: When you break the law, you are punished. But this only applies to opposition politicians.
There are those who all allegedly stole RM2.6 billion of the rakyat's money but are not even charged in court. Another allegedly committed breach of trust of RM250 million but got away with it.
That's how laws are applied in Malaysia. Those in the government are protected. Those in the opposition are prosecuted.
Anonymous 2436471476414726: Rafizi, be strong. The rakyat are with you and your family. You are our hero. You have sacrificed yourself for the good of this nation.
Evil triumphs for now but not for long. The day would surely come when those who abuse their position for their own gains would be made to pay. Our hope is that this is sooner rather than later.
Cogito Ergo Sum: Yes, a day of infamy when good men are jailed while the evil walk free. But the end for the evil will soon come when their works become intolerable.
Rafizi will go down as a hero. A good man who sacrificed himself so that others will know the truth.
LB: Indeed, a dark day for the nation. The one reporting the crime is jailed whilst the thieves are still running around.
Will the citizens be willing to stand up and call a thief a thief? Or be cowards that rather the nation be compromised?
Kim Quek: Rafizi, you are right. You can be the lethal force on the campaign trail as you are the walking proof of the hideous injustice of this criminal regime – that a patriot who should be honoured for fearlessly exposing multi-million embezzlement of public funds should be mercilessly punished while the criminals are free to enjoy the ill-gotten millions.
The entire system is so rotten to the core that the corrupt ruling elite are routinely protected by the authorities from accountability for the billions they have robbed from the public, while the righteous who fight to defend the people’s interests are ruthlessly hunted down, prosecuted and persecuted.
It is the duty of every Malaysian to ensure that such an evil and cruel regime does not last beyond the next election.
MerelyOne: I’ll be dead and gone, but I hope the generation that has to experience the likes of Khairy Jamaluddin as leaders will ask: What did you do when the country was being raped?
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