‘Those guilty of graft will be sacked’
Anwar vows no mercy for PKR duo allegedly caught for soliciting bribes
KUALA LUMPUR: PKR president-elect Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim has vowed no mercy towards the two Kedah party members allegedly caught for attempting to solicit bribes in the party polls.
The two members of the Kedah PKR election committee would be sacked if they were found guilty, he said.
“If it is proven, I will have no sympathy for them.
“I will move a motion to sack them as party members. This is our firm stand,” he said during a dialogue-cum-book launch titled A People’s History of Malaysia authored by Dr Syed Husin Ali here yesterday.
The duo, aged 46 and 48, were remanded by the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission earlier yesterday.
They had allegedly asked for RM20,000 from a candidate to ensure that his name was in the system for the party’s divisional election scheduled for Sept 22.
Also seized by the graft busters was RM10,000 in cash.
On the controversy surrounding Education Minister Dr Maszlee Malik, Anwar said he would meet him next week to offer some advice.
“He (Dr Maszlee) is a good academician with abilities although a few of his decisions have given rise to some negative views.
“I think this can be rectified through dialogue. I will meet him next week so that this can be made right,” he said.
Dr Maszlee has been in the centre of controversy over his appointment as International Islamic University Malaysia (IIUM) president.
His appointment drew protests from student activists, who demanded that he relinquish the post.
Dr Maszlee had since defended his appointment, saying that he was tasked with returning the university to its past glory.
Anwar also issued an apology to Malaysians for postponing several pledges in the Pakatan Harapan manifesto until the country had regained its financial health.
He said when the manifesto was made, Pakatan had not expected the country’s debt to surpass RM1 trillion.
“Seen in current context, the statement is different. As such, I apologise as some pledges can be carried out while some have to be delayed,” he said during a question-and-answer programme organised by the Anwar Ibrahim Club.
He also repeated his pledge to give 100% support to Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad’s administration and called on the people to give the Prime Minister a chance to rule the country.
“Tun Dr Mahathir has just become Prime Minister for four months.
“Please give him a chance to serve well. We will support him. We need to give him our full support.
“I want the Pakatan Harapan government to be strong, respected and capable of carrying out reforms.
“Now, it’s Tun Dr Mahathir’s turn. We fully support that and I am giving him my 100% support,” he said.