KUALA LUMPUR: Pandan MP Rafizi Ramli announced in the Dewan Rakyat today that he will not contest in the 14th General Election (GE14).
"With respect, the speaker (Tan Sri Pandikar Amin Mulia) and members of Dewan Rakyat, this will be my last speech as I will not be contesting in the next general election.
"I would like to start by thanking the speaker and deputy speakers, for always giving me space and consideration to deliver my speech.
"I would like to apologise, should my criticism in the past five years, had hurt the feelings of those on the opposite side.” said the PKR vice-president.
Rafizi also extended his thanks to Barisan Nasional MPs - Datuk Bung Moktar Radin (Kinabatangan), Datuk Dr Shamsul Anuar Nasarah (Lenggong) and Tan Sri Noh Omar Tan Sri Noh (Tanjung Karang) for being open in their arguments with him.
Rafizi won the Pandan seat in the last general election against former MCA president Tan Sri Ong Tee Keat with a margin of 26,729 votes.
Earlier in his Twitter account, Rafizi said that he would be delivering his last speech in the Dewan Rakyat.
On Feb 7, the Shah Alam Sessions Court imposed a 30-month jail sentence on Rafizi and a former bank clerk, Johari Mohamad, after they were found guilty of having leaked confidential banking details belonging to the National Feedlot Corporation (NFC) in March 2012.
The court has allowed a stay of execution pending appeal. © New Straits Times Press (M) Bhd