An­war: Vi­tal to have new blood, ex­pe­ri­enced peo­ple

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SIN­GA­PORE: It is im­por­tant to have “new blood” of lead­ers join­ing hands to­gether with a suc­ces­sor gen­er­a­tion, says Datuk Seri An­war Ibrahim.

He said this to Yang Razali Kas­sim, Se­nior Fel­low with the S. Ra­jarat­nam School of In­ter­na­tional Stud­ies (RSIS), Nanyang Tech­no­log­i­cal Univer­sity (NTU), Sin­ga­pore, in an in­ter­view ti­tled “In Con­ver­sa­tion With An­war Ibrahim”.

This is part of an RSIS se­ries on Malaysia’s 14th Gen­eral Elec­tion and its af­ter­math.

Yang Razali posted a sce­nario to An­war, ask­ing: “When you take over as prime min­is­ter, do you see it im­por­tant to have a new gen­er­a­tion of lead­ers with you, the suc­ces­sor gen­er­a­tion of lead­ers?”

An­war said: “It’s only nat­u­ral. We need to have some peo­ple with ex­pe­ri­ence and we have to in­ject new blood. We need to do that.

“(Com­pare) the strength that you see in PKR (Parti Kead­i­lan Rakyat) with the BN (Barisan Na­sional) par­ties of those days. We have young lead­ers en­trusted with key po­si­tions in the party, in Par­lia­ment, in Se­lan­gor in par­tic­u­lar, given that ex­pe­ri­ence and ex­po­sure.

“Not nec­es­sar­ily po­si­tions in govern­ment but you see in the party, in Par­lia­ment, peo­ple in their 30s and 40s,” he said.

On young lead­ers who are likely to be go­ing for­ward with him in the new era, without nam­ing any­one, An­war said : “You can pick at ran­dom.”

“Ten to 15 mem­bers of Par­lia­ment who are com­pe­tent. You have seen them de­bate, you have seen them work. You have seen them ar­tic­u­lat­ing is­sues.”

An­war said he was quite im­pressed with the core of 10-15 peo­ple to choose from.

“I am talk­ing about the sec­ond tier of lead­ers, or younger. The se­nior lead­ers, of course, are known. So, un­like in other par­ties, in PKR, some key po­si­tions are as­signed to younger lead­ers.”

An­war said Malaysia was not hav­ing dif­fi­culty hir­ing the right peo­ple to lead key in­sti­tu­tions.

Yang Razali posted a sce­nario to An­war, say­ing: “The road to New Malaysia has come with some col­lat­eral dam­age. For ex­am­ple, in the econ­omy, there’s been a shake-up of Khaz­anah, an im­por­tant in­sti­tu­tion as a sov­er­eign wealth fund. As a re­sult, it is said, there’s been some loss of ta­lent. In­dus­try peo­ple say they have dif­fi­culty hir­ing the right peo­ple to lead key in­sti­tu­tions. How do you think this can be ad­dressed?”

An­war replied: “I do not share that view. Any prime min­is­ter who as­sumes of­fice will have ev­ery right to make changes. Most coun­tries have that. Some (who have left) are com­pe­tent peo­ple. They will sur­vive in the pri­vate sec­tor in their new po­si­tions.”

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