Azmin snubs Rafizi’s bid for debate

Emmanuel Santa Maria Chin
Rafizi had earlier challenged Azmin to a debate on their contest. ― Picture by Mukhriz Hazim

KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 16 — Incumbent PKR deputy president Datuk Seri Azmin Ali declined his challenger Rafizi Ramli’s invitation for an open debate on their contest.

He thanked the former Pandan MP for the proposal but said he did not think it necessary to do so for an internal poll.

“This is not a direct or presidential elections where you want to get the involvement of the people.

“It is among party members (the election) and I believe for the betterment of the party that we can discuss things internally,” he said.

Rafizi challenged Azmin to the debate by saying it would embarrass PKR not to do so since Umno had televised a debate between the party’s presidential hopefuls in June.

Azmin also denied that there is a rift in PKR and said he hoped that all party members and leaders would be able to work cohesively together.

“My personal advice to all members and leaders is let's develop a culture where we can work cohesively as a government rather than the opposition.

“I believe this is a process that we have to go through in the party as we believe in democracy and the democratic process. So let us move on as a united big family of Keadilan,” he stressed.

Azmin also dismissed rumours the party election would ultimately have an effect on the government, namely the potential appointment of Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim as prime minister in the future.

“It is a party election, it has nothing to do with the government.

“It is a normal process that we have to go through every three years,” he added.

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