Next-gen­er­a­tion lead­ers must be pre­pared, says Anwar

The Star Malaysia - - Nation -

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.”

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