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Wednesday, 14 March 2018 | MYT 2:38 PM

Rafizi bids heartfelt farewell to parliamentary colleagues

KUALA LUMPUR: Pandan lawmaker Rafizi Ramli (pic) conveyed his heartfelt apologies to fellow MPs in the Dewan Rakyat if he had slighted their feelings in the past.

Rafizi acknowledged that this is his last speech as a lawmaker as he will not be contesting in the coming GE14.

"I want to thank the Dewan Rakyat Speaker and his deputies who always gave me the opportunity to debate.

"I wish to apologise if my stinging criticisms towards the Government had hurt any feelings.

"I have never done it out of hate," he said in his debate on the Royal address on Wednesday (March 14).

Rafizi, who is also PKR vice president, said although he traded barbs with Barisan Nasional lawmakers, there have never been any hard feelings.

He said he also accepts their criticism and is friends with lawmakers from Barisan.

"However, as a lawmaker, I cannot keep quiet and it is my responsibility as an Opposition MP, who takes his salary from the rakyat, to ensure that we hold on to the trust given by them," said Rafizi.

The lawmaker also said he "sympathises" with Pekan MP Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak for the burden and the weight on his shoulders.

"But I will not run from addressing issues that the people are facing, such as the high cost of living," said Rafizi.

In February, the Shah Alam Sessions Court found Rafizi guilty of exposing confidential banking details, relating to the National Feedlot Corporation (NFC) scandal.

The court sentenced Rafizi and former bank clerk Johari Mohamad, who had abetted him, to 30 months' imprisonment each.

The court, however, allowed a stay of execution pending an appeal.

Under Article 48 (1) (e) of the Federal Constitution, an elected representative loses his seat if he is jailed for at least a year or fined a minimum of RM2,000.