Rafizi says he's not hungry for power

Shaarani Ismail

IPOH: PKR vice-president Rafizi Ramli has said his bid for the deputy president’s post is not because he is hungry for power.

The former Pandan member of Parliament clarified that his sole intention to contest was to ensure that PKR de facto leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim will be appointed as the next prime minister as promised by Pakatan Harapan (PH) in its manifesto for the 14th General Election (GE14).

“Many quarters, especially outsiders, do not understand the development that is taking place in the party. It is not about power struggle or coveting positions.

“This is continuation of the differences in opinions which has been happening since 2015, when Anwar was sent to prison,” he said during a debate programme held in conjunction with the ‘#Reformasi 20 Tahun’ event here Saturday night.

More than 500 people comprising leaders, members and supporters of PKR in the state attended the event.

In the upcoming PKR polls taking place later this month, Rafizi is going up against Economic Affairs Minister Datuk Seri Mohamed Azmin Ali, who will be defending his PKR deputy president post.

Rafizi also vowed to resolve the divisions among leaders and members within the party.

“There is a major difference in opinion (among leaders) in PKR.

“At the grassroot level, the members are talking about the split in the party and the power struggles,” he said.

Rafizi pointed out that the split in the party involved two camps.

He claimed that one camp is being led by Azmin and the other camp comprises himself and other party leaders aligned to him.

He said there are quarters, who are of the opinion that coming into power in Selangor supersedes other priorities, while the other camp believes that the party should continue to uphold the original struggle of PKR, which is ensuring reform agendas are in place.

Rafizi also revealed that there were quarters who denounced efforts to place Anwar as the next prime minister and that these people were “uncomfortable” with the move.

He alleged that detractors have resorted to various attempts including criticising Anwar and deemed him as being too impatient and going as far as calling him greedy. Some even said that his time has passed.

“There are factions who are not comfortable with Anwar becoming the 8th prime minister of Malaysia.

“In his 20 years of experience in the country’s political scene with a major part spent in prison, Anwar wants to see major changes take place in the country and for that, it must begin with a united resolute,” he said.

More than 800,000 party members are expected to cast their votes from Sept 14 until Oct 13 in the PKR polls. © New Straits Times Press (M) Bhd