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Anwar: No amnesty for corrupt officials
Published on: Thursday, September 06, 2018

MANILA: PKR President-elect Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim (pic) said he forgave former Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak but what he (Najib) stole from the country must be returned.

He said PKR rejected the granting of amnesty to officials involved in graft and ill-gotten wealth and there is no forgiveness for stealing public funds.

"If there is evidence that money was squandered, the money has to be returned," he told a press conference after his speech at the Management Association of the Philippines' International CEO Conference in Makati City, here, on Tuesday.

Anwar advised the former premier to get a good lawyer in the largest scandal he is facing.

"I forgave (former Prime Minister) Najib yes, but what he stole from the country he has to return," he stressed.

Anwar also met with former Senator Ferdinand Marcos Jr., son of the former Philippines President, after he delivered his speech that stressed the importance of "democratic accountability."

Anwar, who is also former Finance Minister, said, "When it comes to public funds or you inflict harm to others, there must be legal process. The funds, if proven (stolen), must be returned, otherwise it is a dent in the rule of law and democracy."

Furthermore, Anwar said it is the people who suffer, the poor, the downtrodden. "We can't forget that. It's their funds too."

Anwar also called on leaders to ensure a vibrant democracy and rule of law and not to abuse their power against dissenters.

To the business community, Anwar said they have a role to play to curb corruption.

"What can I advise businessmen? I'm not a businessman…You know best. I would only suggest that you keep people, believe and trust. Have that compassion and patience. You must have a lot of hard work, intelligence. Save your societies."

He also reminded the private sector to care for the welfare of workers and be more compassionate and understand it is this society, this great country that allowed them to flourish and be successful.

He said company leaders should not engage in bribery. "If this is done, you are perpetuating this culture of corruption. The country has so much potential," he said, adding, "Please help your country. Help your people."

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