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Leaders in Pakatan Harapan govt must be disciplined: Anwar
Published on: Monday, September 24, 2018

Kota Kinabalu: Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) President-elect Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim said leaders in the Pakatan Harapan (PH) government must be disciplined and should not easily forget because of the power they have.

"I would not be free and there would be no change of government if not for the people's awareness to rise against the old regime," he said during the Malaysia Day Celebration, here, Sunday.

"This is an important reminder to me as well as to all leaders of the new Government…we are asked to bring change. Do not think that just because we are in power, we want to gain profit from it or abuse it. If such people want to contest in the PKR election, we will kick these people out."

Anwar said the people have high expectation on the new PH-led government.

"They perceive it as a battle against the old regime who believed that they can continue to be corrupt, steal, plunder and oppress just because they can buy people's loyalty.

"Now that we have won, we must ensure that such things will stop…enough of corruption, racism and injustice and, instead, we want changes in the administration. And change must start from our leadership, especially the Ministers and the Government."

He also reminded PKR members to stand united on the axis of the party's core struggle.


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"The party must remain united and please do not back-stab one another.

"I have gone through a lot for 20 years, you do not have to play up such sentiments anymore," he said.

Some quarters, he said, even claimed that there will be a big split within the party if an election is held.

"If you do not want the party election to be conducted, then we can adopt North Korea's style.

"All I ask from the members is that there will be no boycott and tongue-lashing…and if you are in power, do not use it to create fear among other members. The powers given to you should be used wisely."

Anwar added that party members are free to choose the best candidate and the election must be conducted in an orderly and clean manner.


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"Every party member has the right to vote and I would like to remind everyone that this election should be treated as a family-like competition – no matter you win or lose, you are still part of PKR and that is the principle of our struggle," he said.

Meanwhile, Deputy Chief Minister Christina Liew said Sabah PKR is standing consistently behind Anwar.

"We believe the party's struggle is based on the struggle of the people," she said.

On the celebration, Liew who is also Tourism, Culture and Environment Minister cum Sabah PKR chairperson, said the observation of Malaysia Day will not only instil the spirit of unity but also nationalism.

"Sept 16, 1963 is the birthday of the nation which paved the way for us to become a free and sovereign nation.

"And during the recent national-level Malaysia Day celebration here, Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad had said that the Pakatan Harapan-led Federal Government will reinstate the status of Sabah and Sarawak as equal partners with the peninsula as enshrined in the Malaysia Agreement 1963 (MA63).


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"As a true Sabahan, I fully support this proposal," she said. - Ricardo Unto

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