I’ve no intention of returning to active politics, says Rafizi

PKR vice-president Mohd Rafizi Ramli says he just wants to be an ordinary person over the next three to four years.

SHAH ALAM: PKR vice-president Mohd Rafizi Ramli does not intend to return to the national political arena in the near future after he had been acquitted of charges under the Banking and Financial Institutions Act (Bafia) by the Shah Alam High Court today.

He said he was more comfortable spending time with his family and wanted to be just an ordinary citizen.

“I am not interested (in returning to active politics) for the time being.

“Many do not understand that the political field takes up much of my time and energy from me and my family.

“I have mentioned from the beginning that I am not interested in joining the government or a public post.

“I reckon that in the next three to four years, I just want to be an ordinary person,” he told reporters when met outside the High Court chambers here today.

Earlier, the High Court acquitted Rafizi of Bafia charges and fully discharged him from the 30-month jail sentence meted out by the Sessions Court on Feb 7, 2018.

Also acquitted and discharged by the court of the same charges was bank clerk Johari Mohamad.

Asked whether he was prepared to assist PKR president Anwar Ibrahim in national politics, the former Pandan MP said that depended on his leader.

“It is his right (Anwar). I think friends in PKR and Anwar himself knew that when I left the corporate world about 10 or 11 years ago, I did not have any ambition for any posts.

“We had a mission at that time, which was to change the government.

“At that time, the people said changing the government meant the end of the world. Now, it has been proven there was no apocalypse,” he said.