Within hours of being thrown a challenge, PKR vice-president Rafizi Ramli has revealed the financial statements for both his NGOs – Invoke and National Oversights and Whistleblowers (NOW).
The challenge came from Ampang PKR Youth leader Adam Rosly Abdullah, who demanded that Rafizi comes clean on the public funds collected for the two organisations.
“Even though I am of the political opinion that I should not respond to the antics of Adam, who has been relieved of his positions in PKR and is being investigated by the disciplinary board for his case, I also believe that a public official like myself should be fast in responding to all issues related to transparency,” Rafizi said in a statement this afternoon.
In the attached financial statements, it is shown that Rafizi himself had injected RM787,049 into Invoke.
The Pandan lawmaker said this came from his own Lembaga Tabung Haji and Amanah Saham Bumiputera savings.
“I have to top up the injection every month from my salary as well as pay for several Invoke expenditures using my own credit card,” he added.
In his asset declaration last year, Rafizi revealed he had withdrawn RM530,000 in stages from his Tabung Haji account in 2016, and used most of that amount to set up Invoke.
Based on the financial statements released this afternoon, Invoke had earned RM857,369 through fundraising events and RM1,063,066 through donations since its inception till April 30, 2017.
Its total income for the same period of time was RM2,780,652.
Its total expenditure during that time came up to RM2,394,440, with the money being spent on things like the call centre equipment, field campaign spending, social media marketing, as well as on other utilities and so forth.
Their biggest expenditure, it is shown, was for the salaries of its employees, at RM888,487.
“I do not take any salary. Not a single cent of my personal spending is paid by Invoke,” Rafizi added.
Meanwhile, for NOW, Rafizi said there was no income for 2016 and 2017 as the NGO did not organise any fundraising events or collect online donations.
“NOW’s spending is minimal, only the rent for the office, which is an advance from me,” he said, adding that the NGO has no employees either.
Therefore, the included financial statement is for the year ending 2015. It has total assets of RM139,188 and liabilities of RM349,261.
However, he said, the demand had to be made in order to safeguard public confidence in PKR and the opposition.
Adam, who is currently on leave from his party post pending his court case, had previously criticised Rafizi for urging PKR to distance itself from the businessman.
The 30-year-old politician was charged with providing false statements and documents on his wealth. He has denied the charges.