KUALA LUMPUR: Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim says that Pakatan Harapan leaders should be allowed to continue expressing their views on various matters but should stop the blame game against the previous Barisan Nasional administration.
The PKR president-elect was asked to comment on a remark made by Council of Eminent Persons (CEP) chairman Tun Daim Zainuddin, who said that the Pakatan government must focus on delivering its promises to voters and stop pointing fingers at the former Barisan government.
“I think Daim’s point is correct – that it should not be an obsession, because the people want to know what’s next, what plans are in store for the present and future.
“But that should not stop us from expressing our views or coming out with new evidence,” Anwar said.
He added that although Daim was right to express his views, there are strong and compelling cases to prove the excesses that took place during the Barisan administration.
“There are strong, compelling cases to prove (the) excesses in the last administration, which we have to endure and deal with at the present.
“I can understand why leaders and ministers have to then reflect upon the excesses of the past,” he said.
On that note, Anwar also spoke about his time in Singapore at the New Economic Forum last week, where he alleged that several international financial institutions were complicit in the 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) scandal.
“I was in Singapore for the conference and I had to deal with the issue of 1MDB of course. We do face some problems relating to financial constraints, and of course 1MDB came up.
“I have to say, unfortunately, that some of the international financial institutions were complicit to what we consider as a crime of squandered billions from the public purse,” he said.
Meanwhile, Deputy Defence Minister Liew Chin Tong, when quizzed by reporters on Daim’s comment at the Parliament lobby, said there was a need for a larger vision to bring Malaysians together.
He said such a vision, something similar to Vision 2020, is needed to bring people together to look forward to a common purpose.
Vision 2020 was mooted by Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad in 1991 when he was the premier then.
“I think that will be great but along the way, we still need to learn from mistakes from the past in order for us to move forward,” he added.