PKR strategic director Rafizi Ramli will not be punished for 'questioning' Selangor’s water restructure Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Federal Government.
PKR advisor and de facto Opposition leader
Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim said this at the launch of the party’s Kajang
by-election media centre today.
Anwar said PKR respects democracy and Rafizi was asking questions on the MoU that has not been finalised.
"He (Rafizi) did informed me yesterday of his questions. I think it's
healthy for democracy to ask, but not to form an opinion yet.
"Please allow Selangor Menteri Besar Tan Sri Abdul Khalid Ibrahim some time before he can disclose the deal," said Anwar.
"As for the MoU, I have not seen it but I don't think we should take a
strong opposition to his reaction. If he transgressed the basic party
rules, it's different but there are some concerns over this (water)
issue," said Anwar.
Anwar also pointed out that being a democratic
party, freedom of expression is part of PKR's culture and that he has
already advised Rafizi to ask all the questions but not to judge the
issue too quickly.
"So he asked a few questions because he felt
that a more detailed explanation is needed. I allowed it because I
think it is healthy and because we have the interest of the Selangor
people at heart.
"I find it strange that whenever a PKR member
voices a dissenting opinion, you say the party is splitting apart. We
are not BN, we are not Umno. We don't have the type of Umno-MCA
"What political party doesn't have any dissents
in the leadership? You tell me. You must allow differing views. You have
been calling and demanding (everyone) to respect democracy but when
there is a difference in opinion, you said there is a crack in the
party," said Anwar, adding that PKR will get hammered if gag orders are
"Remember recently when PKR disallowed TV3 and Utusan
Malaysia to cover our Press conferences? We got hammered. But I said
that I will allow them to cover us if I can have my five minutes of
airtime in TV3," said Anwar.
Asked whether the MoU will have
negative implications on the Kajang voters, Anwar said he does not think
so as the matter is still under discussion.