‘Underdog’ Rafizi says he won in Pahang, neck-to-neck race with Azmin

Rafizi Ramli and Mohamed Azmin Ali are in a showdown for the number two post in PKR.

PETALING JAYA: PKR’s Rafizi Ramli has declared himself the winner in Pahang, where PKR members in 14 divisions voted today to choose top party leaders, including for the number two post where he is seeking to oust incumbent Mohamad Azmin Ali.

The former Pandan MP who has branded himself as an ally of PKR supremo Anwar Ibrahim, said he won in eight divisions, gaining 2,383 votes against Azmin’s 2,298 votes, a difference of 85 votes.

But he admitted that the figures had not taken into account disputed ballots in the e-voting process, which is carried out in stages involving a total of 75 divisions nationwide until next month.

Pahang is the fifth state where PKR members went to polls, and will be followed by Kuala Lumpur and Labuan tomorrow.

Yesterday, it was reported that Rafizi got more votes than Azmin in Kelantan and Terengganu.

When contacted, PKR’s election committee chairman Rashid Din said the results were still not final.

“The official results will only be announced at the PKR congress next month,” he told FMT.

Rafizi said his “victory” today meant that he was now in a neck-to-neck race with Azmin, and was only 92 votes behind in total number of votes so far nationwide.

“As an ‘underdog’ who was once called jobless, I am confident party members will not evaluate a person based on his titles and positions, but on his idealism and commitment to reformasi,” Rafizi said, in an apparent reference to Azmin’s remarks urging members to choose those with power and not “the jobless”.

After Pakatan Harapan’s victory on May 9, Azmin was made the economic affairs minister, and given a position in Putrajaya’s powerful investment arm Khazanah Nasional.

Rafizi did not contest the last elections after he was sentenced to jail for breaching banking laws in his exposure of the National Feedlot Corporation scandal.