KUANTAN: PKR vice-president Rafizi Ramli says the matter of vacating a parliamentary seat for Anwar Ibrahim to contest was discussed with party president Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail and several other leaders.
He said he was among the leaders who had participated in the discussions, adding that the talks only involved individuals close to Anwar in terms of party operations and campaigns.
“I won’t mention anything involving Anwar and Wan Azizah without their consent.
“Just that important decisions are not being discussed with everyone, only with several people among us,” he said when met by reporters at the 20 years of Reform Tour programme at Kompleks Dagangan Indera Mahkota here last night.
His fellow vice-president Tian Chua previously took him to task for announcing that a parliamentary seat would be vacated next week to pave the way for Anwar to contest and return as an MP.
Tian Chua had questioned the move, claiming it was made without the knowledge of the party leadership.
However, Rafizi said it was up to Tian Chua what he wished to say about the matter.
“I did not read his statement, but that is his right. I understand. Maybe he feels out of place because he was not involved in the process.”
On rumours that money politics had occurred during this election, Rafizi said PKR could not run away from the problem which had also happened with other political parties in the country.
“Whenever there is power, there will be a tendency to campaign by taking advantage of one’s position,” he said, adding that both Anwar and Wan Azizah had given warnings on the matter.