The Straits Times
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Published on Feb 19, 2013
 

Whistle-blower at centre of Malaysia graft fight

 
 

KUALA LUMPUR (AFP) - Malaysians head to the polls in the coming months with the country's persistent corruption high on the list of public concerns, and few have done more to put it there than baby-faced Rafizi Ramli.

Officially the strategist for the political party of opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim, Rafizi is best-known to his enemies in the ruling coalition as Malaysia's foremost whistle-blower on official graft.

Formerly a top executive at state oil firm Petronas, Rafizi joined the opposition full-time five years ago and has used his financial smarts to sting the government with corruption revelations pulled from his now-feared files.

"I have about three more in my back pocket," Rafizi, 35, said at his office in the capital Kuala Lumpur, where the odour of cigarette smoke hangs over stacks of documents.