PETALING JAYA: PKR deputy president Datuk Seri Azmin Ali has hit back at Rafizi Ramli, whom he said was still a "toddler" when the Reformasi movement started in 1998.
Azmin said he had stood by Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim and has stayed loyal to his struggle from the day the latter was sacked from the government.
"This is the one who took all the beatings and soaked in the water fired from the authority's water cannon.
"This is the person who went through all the tests and hardships to stand by and defend Anwar," he said referring to himself when speaking at the opening of the Selangor PKR annual divisional meeting here on Sunday (Sept 2).
Azmin said he when he was arrested for going to the streets to defend Anwar, there was no one beside him.
"I looked left and right and there was nobody with me.
"I spent eight days in the lockup but some of those who were initially with me spent their time in Australia, Jakarta and London.
"And now there is this kid who was still a toddler then claiming credit for the movement," he said.
Azmin, who is also Economic Affairs Minister, said he had been building the party since the Reformasi days while the "kid" only came in much later.
"They don't have the history with the struggle, they only read the history," he said.
He also chided those who suggested that he vacate his Gombak parliamentary seat and offer it to Anwar as a proof of his loyalty to the PKR president-elect.
"Does that mean those who do not offer their seats are not loyal," he asked.
Rafizi, who is PKR vice-president, is challenging Azmin for the deputy president post in the party elections.
He has been extremely vocal about why he is contesting, claiming that it was to ensure that Anwar would become the next prime minister.