KUANTAN: PKR deputy president candidate Rafizi Ramli says Tian Chua may be feeling left out as he was not involved in the discussion for a PKR MP to vacate his seat for Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim to contest.
Rafizi said the plan to enable the PKR president-elect to return to Parliament was discussed by Anwar himself and several other party leaders.
"I understand Tian Chua may have felt awkward for not being involved in the process.
"Usually, only a few of us are involved. That includes me, Anwar and several others," Rafizi said here on Sunday night (Sept 9).
Tian Chua, the PKR vice-president, had lambasted Rafizi for announcing that a parliamentary seat would be vacated, claiming that the matter was never discussed among the leadership.
He said such an announcement should only be made after a discussion with the party leadership and the Pakatan Harapan presidential council.
Rafizi, however, said he would not have announced something that significant involving Anwar without getting his approval.
"There are a few important decisions that are not discussed with everyone, only with a few of us … Anwar discussed it with people that have to do with it," he said.
Rafizi also said the plan to vacate the seat had been in place since the general election and was identified early on.
He said that the move was timely as the benefits outweigh the risks and all would be revealed this week.