KUALA LUMPUR – December 11, 2017: PKR vice-president Rafizi Ramli has taken down a Facebook video of him tacitly accusing Datuk Abdul Rahman Dahlan of practising cronyism after a rebuttal by the Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department.
In the contentious video, Rafizi claimed that a company — Pico Integrated Exhibits — which was hired for the ongoing Negaraku Exhibition belonged to Rahman’s brother Nooraslan.
“I have done a thorough investigation about him (Nooraslan) and had also talked to my sources. They told me that Raslan Dahlan and Rahman Dahlan are indeed siblings.
“I will not disclose the million amount of money that Raslan has gotten by doing the exhibition today as I want to give Rahman the right of reply,” alleged Rafizi in the already-deleted video that was uploaded onto his Facebook wall.
Responding to the accusation, Rahman pointed out that Rafizi, who he calls a compulsive liar, was lying yet again.
“I call on the leadership of Pakatan Harapan to put a gag order on Rafizi because his penchants in cooking-up stories are a liability for them,” read Rahman’s statement on his Facebook page today.
Rahman is also considering legal action against Rafizi.
It was not the first time Rafizi had landed in hot soup for making a false claim. In 2015, he gave an excuse that he was only joking about the existence of a million ringgit diamond ring belonging to Datuk Seri Rosmah Mansor after her husband, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak, threatened to sue him.
Facebooker Lim Sian See has debunked the alleged Raslan-Rahman blood ties.
“They are not siblings. Raslan’s full name is Nooraslan Md. Dahlan and he was born in Johor, as you can see from his MyKad code of 01,” Lim wrote as per the screengrab of Pico Integrated Exhibits’ company information that he also shared.
“Whereas Rahman’s full name is Abdul Rahman Datuk Dahlan (no Mohd. or Md.) and he was born in Sabah. In fact, his father was a Sabah Adun (assemblyman) for Sulaman for six years starting from 1971,” he added.
Lim also reasoned that even if the exhibition costs millions, it is still worth it, given the highly interactive and virtual exhibits that sought to inform and educate Malaysians on the development of the country.
“Even if it costs RM20mil, it will just be RM40 per person – a small price to pay for Malaysians to enjoy a day out free of charge – especially since the exhibits can be re-used,” wrote Lim.