Let Rafizi think things over, says Anwar

Rafizi Ramli, vice-president of PKR, said on Friday he wanted to remain an ordinary citizen.

KULIM: PKR vice-president Rafizi Ramli should be given space to think deeply about whether to return to active politics or otherwise, says party leader Anwar Ibrahim.

Anwar, who is PKR president, said Rafizi’s decision is akin to the one taken by his daughter Nurul Izzah Anwar, MP for Permatang Pauh, as opposed to the attitude of some others who jostled for position or wealth.

“He (Rafizi) has already helped a lot and I understand his position as (his situation) is very much like Nurul Izzah. Sometimes they feel frustrated because they had hoped for something more positive to happen… so we have to give them time.”

He said this to reporters after attending the Kedah and Perlis PKR convention here today, which was also attended by secretary-general Saifuddin Nasution Ismail.

Yesterday, Rafizi was reported as saying that for now he has no intention of returning to the political arena and for the next three to four years he just wanted to be an ordinary citizen.

He made his comment after a court decision that overturned his conviction and 30-month jail sentence on a charge of leaking confidential bank account details relating to the National Feedlot Corporation in 2012.

Anwar however did not deny the possibility that he would persuade the two leaders of a comeback to active politics because their expertise was much needed by PKR.

On another issue, Anwar said the mandate for P Prabakaran as MP for Batu should be respected, while PKR vice-president Tian Chua remains as an important party leader.

He said the issue over calls for Prabakaran to vacate the parliamentary seat to give way to Tian Chua should be discussed in consultation through the party’s channels.

“The matter can be discussed but so far in my last meeting with Tian Chua, this was not raised. We can discuss within the party. There is no need to worsen the situation,” he said.

Earlier, 14 non-governmental organisations (NGOs) had proposed that Prabakaran vacate his parliamentary seat to pave the way for Tian Chua to return as MP.

The proposal was made after the Kuala Lumpur High Court on Nov 6 ruled that Tian Chua was qualified to contest in the 14th general election last year.