Anwar: Accept criticisms within Pakatan as the new norm


  • Nation
  • Saturday, 13 Apr 2019

SEREMBAN: Exchange of criticisms between Pakatan Harapan leaders is part of a new culture and not a sign of discord, says Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim.

The PKR president said there was a need to shake off the “old Umno mindset”, playing down criticism from within the same camp which should not warrant any panic.

Anwar said this in response to PKR vice-

president Rafizi Ramli’s statement that the government should admit that it lacked an effective communications strategy to counter the racist and Malay-Muslim sentiments pushed by Umno and PAS.

“That was his criticism. What is there to worry about? I also advised Pakatan leaders to work hard.

“You have an old Umno mindset. Just a bit of criticism and you panic. Let it be.

“This is normal and we are allowed to air our views.

“Although the media is free now, you are still shackled to the old mindset,” Anwar told reporters when pressed for his comments on Rafizi’s thoughts during a forum on Malay issues on Thursday night.

Anwar also cited a recent example in which he shared his views with Communications and Multi­media Minister Gobind Singh Deo.

“I asked many questions and told him that he should do something for better Internet access.

“He accepted my views nicely,” said the Port Dickson MP when met in Kampung Felda Sendayan yesterday.

Anwar was there to canvass support for Pakatan candidate Dr S. Streram for the Rantau by-election.

Rantau has 20,926 registered voters comprising 55.51% Malays, 18.46% Chinese and 26% Indians.