Friday November 2, 2012
Nazri calls Rafizi a ‘publicity seeker’ over luxury car issue
Reports by MARTIN CARVALHO, YUEN MEIKENG and RAHIMY RAHIM
KUALA LUMPUR: Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Seri Nazri Aziz has called PKR strategic director Rafizi Ramli a “publicity seeker” for trying to prove that his son uses a luxury car belonging to Sabah businessman Michael Chia.
Nazri questioned why the PKR leader went to the press with the issue instead of reporting the matter to the police or the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC).
On Rafizi’s claim that Nazri’s son, Nedim, uses a black Hummer belonging to Chia, Nazri said: “That is between my son and Chia. If he wants to give my son a Hummer or Ferrari, that is his business. It is not like he is giving it to me.”
Earlier, Rafizi said PKR had evidence that the black Hummer, worth RM459,000 and parked in Nedim’s residence, belonged to Chia.
“The one who clears Chia turns out to be the one whose family receives benefits,” said Rafizi, who said it was a conflict of interest.
Nazri, however, denied that there was a conflict of interest in his role as de facto law minister.
“I have no control over MACC or the Attorney-General’s Chambers,” he said at his office in Parliament.
He said the replies that he gave in the Dewan Rakyat were provided by MACC and not his personal answers.
It was reported that Chia was caught in 2008 at the Hong Kong International Airport with RM40mil in Singapore dollars before he could take a flight to Kuala Lumpur.
Chia has reportedly been charged with money laundering and trafficking by Hong Kong’s Independent Commission Against Corruption.
Nazri however said in the Dewan that Chia was never arrested by the ICAC and the money was a political donation to Sabah Umno.