Malaysian opposition MP jailed over leak
A PROMINENT Malaysian opposition politician was convicted and sentenced to 18 months in jail yesterday for leaking a classified document on a corruption scandal involving the prime minister.
The conviction of Rafizi Ramli, who has a record of exposing government corruption, was sharply criticised by the opposition and rights groups as a worrying use of a state-secrets law.
Mr Rafizi was convicted of violating the Official Secrets Act by revealing parts of an AuditorGeneral’s report into the scandal swirling around the state-owned fund 1MDB.
Prime Minister Najib Razak is fighting allegations that billions of dollars were looted from 1MDB, which he founded in 2009. The case has sparked investigations in several countries including the US.
The Auditor-General’s report had been declared a state secret by the government, drawing accusations from critics that the unprecedented move was part of a massive cover-up. –