Rafizi quits politics, to focus on artificial intelligence

Rafizi quits politics, to focus on artificial intelligence

PUCHONG: PKR vice president Rafizi Ramli announced that he is quitting politics to focus his attention on his ‘start-up’ venture.

Announcing his decision via Twitter, Rafizi said he is at a stage where he ‘needs to learn’.

He also quoted an excerpt from a speech by former US president Theodore Roosevelt to attach a meaning to his decision.

“‘The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.’

“It’s obvious I tweeted because I am making it clear I am not coming back to politics.

“It’s the stage of my life when I need to learn. Only through learning we can be better & contribute better.

Rafizi was acquitted by the Shah Alam High Court on Nov 15 on charges of revealing bank accounts related to the National Feedlot Corp and its chairman, Datuk Seri Mohamad Salleh Ismail.

His earlier conviction and prison sentence had disqualified him from contesting in the 14th General Election held last year.

Although Attorney-General Tommy Thomas had instructed his officers not to appeal against the acquittal, some of his officers broke ranks and filed an appeal anyway.

A livid Thomas vowed to take action against his errant officers and promised to rescind the appeal.

In his Tweet, Rafizi also indicated that he found a ‘new love’, artificial intelligence.

“Excited to focus on AI, machine learning & IoT,” said the former Pandan MP, referring to the internet of things.

By G Vinod

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