Rafizi quits politics to focus on start-up

PKR vice-president Rafizi Ramli.

PETALING JAYA: PKR vice-president Rafizi Ramli has announced an exit from politics to concentrate on his start-up, saying he is at a stage in life where he “needs to learn”.

Taking to social media yesterday, the former Pandan MP posted a series of quotes which he attributed to former US president Theodore Roosevelt.

“‘The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.’

“It’s obvious I tweeted because I am making it clear I am not coming back to politics.

“It’s the stage of my life when I need to learn. Only through learning we can be better & contribute better,” he said on Twitter.

Rafizi was acquitted and discharged by the Shah Alam High Court on Nov 15 of revealing bank accounts related to the National Feedlot Corp and its chairman, Salleh Ismail.

His conviction and jail sentence had meant that he was unable to contest in the 14th general election last year.

His lawyer Nik Zarith Nik Moustpha later said he had been notified by the Attorney-General’s Chambers that it would be filing an appeal against the acquittal.

Attorney-General Tommy Thomas subsequently said he was shocked that the appeal had been filed against the acquittal as he had earlier instructed his officers not to do so.

He also promised to rescind the order.

Rafizi, who lost a bitter race for the PKR deputy president’s post to Mohamed Azmin Ali last year, said he was excited to turn his focus to artificial intelligence or AI.

“Excited to focus on AI, machine learning & IoT,” he said, referring to the internet of things.