Rafizi to award money from refunded NFC suit for students

Rafizi to award money from refunded NFC suit for students

PUCHONG: PKR vice president Rafizi Ramli wants to award the funds from a refunded defamation suit he had paid for in 2017 to National Feedlot Corporation Sdn Bhd (NFC) amounting to RM300,000 as a student scholarship.

“All fees, aside from legal fees, are to be returned to the people in the form of educational gifts to university students from low income (RM5,000 per person) and Form 5 students from low income (RM500 per person).

“Winners of educational prizes will be selected among all Malaysians who excel in their fields despite coming from low-income families,” said a statement today.

This was followed by the Court of Appeal earlier this morning which allowed Rafizi’s application on the order of the previous high court so that he would pay RM200,000 in damages to NFC and his chairman Mohd Salleh Ismail and cost RM50,000 each to both.

“I was just informed by the lawyer about the Court of Appeal’s decision this morning which allowed my appeal in the suit against NFC.

“I also know that the judges have instructed Salleh Ismail as the plaintiff to return the sum of RM300,000 which I had paid to him before, while paying another RM110,000 for legal costs.

“I’m sure the plaintiff (NFC, Salleh) will appeal to the Federal Court within the time set by the Court of Appeal and the amount directed not to be paid until after the completion of the case in the Federal Court.

“If there is a payment, the amount will be kept by the lawyer in the trust account until the case is completed at the Federal Court level,” he said.

The result of costly contributions

According to Rafizi, the NFC appealed to the Federal Court and the court’s decision today remains the sum of the summons paid will be returned to its source, the public.

“If I remained victorious at the Federal Court level, I would not take a penny of whatever amount awarded by the court as a result of this NFC case.

“The sum of RM300,000 paid to Salleh Ismail is due to the crowdfunding in July 2017,” he said.

Rafizi had previously appealed for an indemnity payment of RM200,000 to NFC and Salleh and cost RM50,000 each to both.

This is due to Rafizi’s disclosure about the company and Salleh. NFC and Salleh also sued Malaysiakini together with Rafizi but dropped his case against the news portal.

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