PETALING JAYA: Rafizi Ramli has apologised to the Malaysian public, especially Kajang voters, for the sudden by-election.
“I am aware that there is a lot of explanation that has to be made on the decision to vacate the Kajang seat to force a by-election. I am also acutely aware of Datuk Ambiga’s advice communicated personally to me that we have to be as honest as possible with the people.
“I offer my sincerest apology to the Malaysian public especially the voters of Kajang. The by-election will certainly consume public money and public space at the time when the people have to go through economic hardship.
“There is no excuse for wasting public money except to offer my sincerest apology and for the party to be prepared if the voters of Kajang decide to punish us.
“In all honesty, as the strongest proponent of the scheme I bear most responsibility for the decision,” said Rafizi.
The Pandan MP also said that good political leaders will never be popular and it pains him that PKR have to drag Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim through this and subject him to public anger.
“His willingness to be a part of the bigger picture is the mark of the man.
“Throughout the last few days, I reassured myself that it was Churchill who chose to be unpopular and remained a minority voice of alarm against the advancing Nazis till the end despite a public popularity to appease the Nazis. At the height of the Nazi’s power, Churchill stood alone when every one else in Europe bowed to Hitler.
“The conviction of doing the right thing, in the face of extreme criticism and public anger, remains a yardstick of what an honest leadership is,” Rafizi said.
On Monday, incumbent PKR’s Lee Chin Cheh 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 poll days.