In the 2018 PKR party election, Rafizi Ramli narrowly lost to incumbent Azmin Ali in the contest for the party’s deputy presidency.
The price that the nation paid for the outcome was humongous, including the widely condemned Sheraton Move coup in 2020: Azmin betrayed the people’s mandate and the party that had given him a winning ticket.
It also led to Rafizi’s departure from the earth-shattering political landscape, which continues to rumble to this day.
As the next general election is imminent now, with an ousted Umno and its cohorts plotting in overdrive mode for a historic kill, Rafizi’s return has ignited hope for many moderate Malaysians.
The media statement he made in response to a proposal by a convicted MP and former prime minister to bail out an oil and gas company immediately drew accolades from netizens.
This is the Rafizi that should have earned our votes in the 2018 general election, which in hindsight would have saved the nation. Instead, the Sheraton Move coup saw Azmin move up while the nation plunged into political instability.
But even as Rafizi’s return is hailed by hopeful citizens, a spanner is seemingly already being thrown into the works in the form of a looming contest for the PKR deputy presidency’s post.
If PKR does not want to shoot itself on its own foot this time around, a smart solution would be to welcome Rafizi’s return.
Any contender for the deputy president’s post must be quick to learn that if Rafizi is tossed out again, many could well punish Anwar Ibrahim and his coterie at the polls.
Get smart. Time is against PKR’s side, given the beatings it suffered in the recent Malacca and Johor state elections.