PKR's success measured by benefit to the people, not Cabinet seats, says sec-gen

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SHAH ALAM: PKR's efficacy and success depends on what it delivers to the people as opposed to the number of Cabinet positions held by its members, says Datuk Seri Saifuddin Nasution Ismail (pic).

The party secretary-general said that it would be deemed successful in implementing its reform agenda by way of government policies introduced to benefit the people.

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"It is not the number of PKR members in Cabinet or the number of MBs (mentris besar) or the number of state exco members," he said in his address at the party's 25th convention here on Sunday (April 21).

Saifuddin, who is also Home Minister, added that it was also of utmost importance to take good care of the nation's coffers even if some unpopular short-term decisions were needed.

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"But we know that what we are doing is the right thing," he said, citing the government's targeted subsidies as an example.

He reminded all PKR members to always remember the challenges the party faced in the past.

Saifuddin also cited some world leaders who were initially in the opposition, but failed after coming into power because they forgot their initial reform struggles.

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Meanwhile, party vice-president Nik Nazmi Nik Ahmad announced the launch of PKR's "Felo Keadilan" initiative for party members aged 22 to 40.

The purpose of the programme was to shape young leaders in the party.

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