Azmin turns down Rafizi's offer for a debate

Ahmad Suhael Adnan

KUALA LUMPUR: PKR deputy president Datuk Seri Mohamed Azmin Ali has rejected PKR vice-president Rafizi Ramli’s call for a debate, ahead of the party’s election.

Azmin, who is also Economic Affairs Minister, said a debate is unnecessary as the fight for the deputy presidency is an internal affair.

“I would like to thank Rafizi for the offer, however, I do not see the need for it.

“This is not a presidential election that requires the general public to be involved. It is only among PKR members.

“However, I believe that we can discuss internal issues for the sake of the party because PKR needs to emerge stronger after the elections,” he said when met at the Parliament lobby today.

“PKR must come out stronger after the party’s election,” he said when met at the Parliament lobby.

In the upcoming party election, Azmin will go head to head against Rafizi for the deputy president post.

Previously, Rafizi had announced that his ‘team’ will contest in the party’s election this month. It was reported that the former Pandan MP had claimed those in his camp included Permatang Pauh MP Nurul Izzah Anwar, Sungai Petani MP Datuk Johari Abdul, Selayang MP William Leong Jee Keen, Sungai Siput MP S Kesavan, and Kuantan MP Fuziah Salleh, who is also Deputy Minister in the prime Minister’s Department (Islamic Affairs).

As for PKR leaders that were said to be part of Azmin’s camp were Selangor Menteri Besar Amirudin Shari, PKR vice-presidents Dr Xavier Jayakumar and Shamsul Iskandar Mohd Akin, as well as Bandar Tun Razak MP Datuk Kamaruddin Jaafar.

Also said to be on team Azmin were Paya Jaras assemblyman Mohd Khairuddin Othman and Kajang assemblyman Hee Loy Sian. © New Straits Times Press (M) Bhd