Rafizi: I have no intention of becoming PM

Hazsyah Abdul Rahman

SANDAKAN: PKR vice-president Rafizi Ramli stressed that he has no intention of becoming Prime Minister when offering himself for the party’s deputy president's post in the upcoming party polls.

Instead, he said it was a way to show support to the president Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim so the latter could be the best Prime Minister when he takes over from Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad.

"If Anwar becomes PM, he has no time to see who is in tune with him. He does not need a deputy who is busy trying to become (the next) PM.

“Instead, he needs vice, deputy presidents who will bear the burden and share responsibilities in ensuring he can perform as the best PM,” the former Pandan MP said during a ‘Bicara Reformasi’ programme at a hotel, here, today.

Rafizi who will be facing the party’s incumbent deputy president Datuk Seri Mohamed Azmin Ali during the election, said the thought of becoming prime minister never crossed his mind.

Therefore he reminded PKR members to choose leaders who are not craving for positions, but instead support the aspirations of the top leadership.

Talking to reporters after the programme, he said, "This is a general advice to any level within the party; we must focus on helping the party to carry out the reformation agenda especially when Anwar becomes PM.

“It is not a matter of posts, or our own ambitions.

“Of course there are those who wish to become PM, ministers … The message I want to relay is we have a big task to assist Anwar and our own ambitions should not get in the way,” he stressed.

On Deputy Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Fuziah Salleh voicing support towards his deputy presidency candidacy during the event today, he said it was the norm in any parties.

"Fuziah felt it was more appropriate to voice support openly … For me that is everyone's own preference… So long as there is no abuse of power, corruption or intimidation tactics used,” he said. © New Straits Times Press (M) Bhd