Cleaning up the corridors of power a top priority


SHAH ALAM: Ensuring government contracts are monitored and tender processes are above board are what Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim says are among his proudest achievements in government.

“We ensured that no one squandered wealth,” he said in his winding-up speech at the PKR Special National Congress at Stadium Melawati here yesterday.

Anwar also said the difference between the current and previous government was that the previous administration did not order authorities to investigate graft allegations.

This is why, he said, there was a slew of recent graft probes and charges.

“Many asked why there weren’t any charges before this and why they came about now.

“It is because the previous leader did not give any instructions. The present leader ordered the authorities to act freely and transparently.

“Whoever’s corrupted, arrest and charge them,” he added.

Anwar also took PAS to task, accusing the Islamist party of defending Bersatu leaders who are facing multiple graft charges.

“I don’t understand them (PAS),” he said, adding that he was also “perplexed” that certain parties had accused the government of being too cruel for charging corrupt leaders.

“I want to tell them that you can talk as much as you want, but we won’t be intimidated against acting strongly against corruption,” he said.

Anwar also denied claims his unity government had betrayed the Malays.

“Give me an example of how we betrayed Islam. If anyone could give me any examples or suggestions, I will accept them,” he said.

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