‘Those guilty of graft will be sacked’

Anwar vows no mercy for PKR duo al­legedly caught for so­lic­it­ing bribes

The Star Malaysia - - Nation - By MARTIN CAR­VALHO mart3@thes­tar.com.my

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.

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