PETALING JAYA: Pandan MP Rafizi Ramli says that he was one of the strongest proponents in engineering Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim’s move to contest the forthcoming Kajang by-election.
In a statement, the PKR information chief said the move was made due to the problems and challenges that Pakatan Rakyat was facing in Selangor which, he claimed, required intervention.
“While Khalid Ibrahim’s administration has shown sterling performance over the last six years that endears him to the public, there is room for improvement in many areas especially given the latest dynamics in Umno.
He claimed there was a move to remove Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak and if this happened, Umno would attempt to reclaim Selangor by “hook or by crook.”
Rafizi also said that Selangor should be used as a model state and as a launchpad for Pakatan Rakyat’s quest to take Putrajaya.
“As an MP, I certainly believe we can do better especially with regards to cleanliness and livelihood of the people. We have the potential to be a model state with least potholes in densely populated areas.
“In other words, Selangor has to be doubly better than what it is today if it were to become a showcase for Pakatan in its quest for Putrajaya. Selangor can be a great launchpad for Pakatan to take over Putrajaya,” he said.
According to Rafizi, what PKR and Pakatan Selangor need is fortification so that they can expedite reforms and simultaneously fend off political attacks and manoeuvres from Umno.
“We need as many of our top leaders around Selangor to defend Selangor because it remains the crown jewel of any political coalition in the country,” he said.
“Will there be a change of stewardship? Maybe yes, maybe no. But we do have the option to optimise our leadership potential if Umno stirs up more trouble.”
On Monday, incumbent Lee Chin Cheh (PKR) announced he was vacating the Kajang state seat to strengthen the party.
A day later, Anwar announced his candidacy for a by-election that must be held within 60 days.
The Election Commission meets on Feb 5 to decide on the nomination and polling days.