PKR vice- president Rafizi Ramli's action of criticizing the proposed amendment to the Official Secrets Act (OSA) 1972 shows that he is desperate and afraid of his case related to the Banking and Financial Institutions Act (BAFIA) 1989, which is still pending.
Minister in the Prime Minister's Department Datuk Seri Azalina Othman Said said Rafizi was intentionally trying to distract attention from his case to claim that the amendment was intended to suppress the freedom of journalists and the media in the country.
"He has also deliberately stated that this amendment would oppress journalists and media freedom so that he can get the support of the media in relation to the matter," she said in a statement here, Monday.
She said the Pandan MP does not have any immunity or privilege in the context of the law, not to mention the case involving him under BAFIA 1989.
Attorney-General (A-G) Tan Sri Mohamed Apandi Ali was reported to have said that he was considering an amendment to the OSA, to increase penalties on those involved with exposing state secrets, and those who report it.
Rafizi then started a campaign on social media to gather support to reject the proposed amendment.