PETALING JAYA, Aug 17 — PKR vice-president Rafizi Ramli is known to speak out without fear or favour and is not easily influenced by others, Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim explained today ahead of the party’s internal election.
Anwar denied allegations that he was “acting desperately” to become the next prime minister by leveraging on Rafizi, insisting that the former Pandan MP acts independently.
“As a public intellectual himself, he is not that cheap to be used by any personality.
“He expressed his own personal view, some I agree with, some I don't agree with,“ he told reporters.
Nomination for PKR's polls took place between July 27 to 29, with voting to commence next Friday, August 24, over a period of nine weeks. Its results are expected to be announced sometime in November.
Referring to the hotly-contested deputy president post between incumbent Datuk Seri Mohd Azmin Ali and Rafizi, Anwar said he will not be dragged into any of the contesting camps.
He also urged all members to observe democratic rules throughout the voting period.
“This means no slander, no vote-buying, and no intimidation,
“This is not only in reference to Azmin and Rafizi; but for the entire PKR team,” he said.