“My biggest fear is that you go back to what you are doing and give all your trust to politician blindly again. Never do that. Never do that. Power corrupts. Absolute power corrupts absolutely”
Ramli at Invoke Grand Finale Fundraising Dinner IDCC Shah Alam 12/04/2018.
That was Rafizi six month ago at a time when the world was his oyster. He could do no wrong then. He was then a man who had sacrificed all that he had in terms of time, money, even family to do what most of us just dreamed about…to make a difference to the sordid, kleptocratic bubble that we were then imprisoned in by Najib and his band of greedy thieves. He was the poster boy who made us believe that change was possible. He could do no wrong…and yet, for me, the red flags were already flapping in the wind around him. I questioned why INVOKE was all about Rafizi and not about the opposition. I questioned why INVOKE did not give itself totally to the cause of the opposition by becoming one of Pakatan Harapan jentera rather then to remain a jentera at the beck and call of Rafizi Ramli. And even then I could sense that INVOKE was more about Rafizi Ramli than about Pakatan Harapan, Malaysia or Malaysians.
Six months later we see Rafizi Ramli for what he truly is. Like Anwar Ibrahim, he was a man who thought that he could be King…not in the fullness of time, but now, by taking from Azmin Ali what many decades of loyalty and dedication to Anwar Ibrahim, to Reformasi and PKR has given Azmin…. being number two to Anwar Ibrahim. The debate as to whether Rafizi had the blessing of Istana Segambut will not cease with his defeat by Azmin, but to all intent and purposes, that is immaterial to the situation that Rafizi now finds himself in : that of having to eat humble pie and coming to terms with his fall from grace not only within PKR and us all…but more telling…what is to come from Anwar Ibrahim and what Anwar is wont to do to people who will no longer be of use to Anwar Ibrahim…discarded them onto the heap of others whom Anwar no longer thinks he needs.
Hindsight, they say, is a bitch.