Next-generation leaders must be prepared, says Anwar
SINGAPORE: It is necessary to have leaders with experience and inject new blood at the same time, said Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim.
“It’s only natural. We need to have some people with experience and we have to inject new blood. We need to do that.
“In PKR we have these 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 the 30s and 40s,” said the PKR president-elect in reply to questions raised during the talk “In Conversation With Anwar Ibrahim”.
The event was part of an S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies series on Malaysia’s 14th general election and its aftermath.
Anwar was asked “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?”
On who the young leaders who are likely to be going forward with him in the new era, Anwar, without naming anyone, said: “You can pick at random.
“You have seen them debate, you have seen them work. You have seen them articulating issues.
“I am talking about the second tier of leaders, or younger. The senior leaders of course are known. So unlike in other parties, some key positions in PKR are assigned to the younger leaders.”
Anwar said he was quite impressed with the core of 10 to 15 people to choose from.
On whether he saw young leaders as well in the other parties, Anwar said: “You see more in the DAP too. The rest are relatively newer parties.”