Anwar: Some of us have forgotten PKR's original struggle

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  • Sunday, 24 Nov 2019

KUALA LUMPUR: Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim (pic) has told PKR leaders not to forget the party's original struggle and warned against a return to "bad habits".

He said that some have started to divert from the party's struggle and were even ashamed to call for reforms.

"They forget that our struggle is not to protect the interests of one or two people, who are ministers.

"Especially not those 'whoever supports me will get projects, those who do not support, will not get' (people). These are Umno's old bad habits," the PKR president said in his opening address at the Reformist Convention 2019 here to some 500 supporters to cheers and chants of "reformasi" from the floor.

Anwar, who is also Port Dickson MP, said he had raised the same issue during his recent meeting with Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad.

"This is what we want to correct – we have the responsibility but we abused it.

"We want to stop such practices. This is the meaning of abuse of power.

"Not only do you meet with party members, but you hold discussions with the Opposition.

"This project, that project... What party is this? Project party?" asked Anwar, drawing laughter from the floor.

On Monday (Nov 18) night, PKR deputy president Datuk Seri Azmin Ali had a meeting with 27 MPs from PKR and Umno at his residence in Putrajaya.

Despite raised eyebrows over his get-together which included Opposition MPs, Azmin described the meeting as nothing out of the ordinary.

Dr Mahathir had also announced on Wednesday (Nov 20) that a Cabinet reshuffle could happen before the Apec summit next year.

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