Rafizi denies wanting to become finance minister, to sue Sin Chew
PKR vice-president Rafizi Ramli said he will sue Chinese daily Sin Chew Daily for claiming that he wanted to be appointed as finance minister.
This was over his open criticism that Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad had made ministerial appointments, which included DAP secretary-general Lim Guan Eng as finance minister, without consulting PKR.
"There was a Sin Chew report claiming that I objected because I wanted to become finance minister.
"I had since last year informed PKR president Wan Azizah Wan Ismail, PKR de facto leader Anwar Ibrahim and PKR vice-president Nurul Izzah Anwar that I do not want any positions in government.
"Sin Chew's report was slander and I will sue," he said in a series of Twitter postings.
Rafizi said if he had wanted positions, he would not have taken risks tha t could potentially see him jailed and would instead kiss Mahathir and Anwar's hands.
Rafizi noted that there had been a lot of criticism of him for speaking up but urged critics not to be "extreme" (taksub).
"Do not forget, when there is no more courage to criticise, then we will return to BN's era.
"I can accept the criticism against me but there is no need for insults," he added.
Rafizi said because he was not tied to any position, there was no vested interest and he could speak out openly on behalf of PKR.
"The statement that I made represented PKR's stance, it was not a personal statement.
"As I am the only senior (PKR) leader who will not join the government, therefore there is no conflict of interest, that was why I issued the statement," he said.
Rafizi also elaborated on events with regard to the ministerial appointments.
He said PKR had wanted Anwar to be involved in the cabinet appointment discussions but it did not happen.
"While PKR leaders were waiting at the Cheras Rehabilitation Hospital (where Anwar was), the announcement (of ministerial appointments) were made without PKR's participation," he said.
Mahathir only met Anwar at the hospital after that, according to Rafizi.Source: Google News