KUALA LUMPUR, 28 Dec: Today, Pakatan Rakyat (PR) pledged that they will ensure that government leaders and elected representatives will not abuse their power to amass wealth if they are are given mandate to lead the country.
To ensure that the policy is implemented, PR will develop a guideline prohibiting family members of government leaders to receive any government projects.
At the same time, representatives of the people and their families are prohibited to apply for land just like what the Selangor and Penang PR Government are currently practising.
These guidelines will be created to avoid scandals such as the National Feedlot Corporation (NFC) which is owned by the former Minister of Women, Family and Community Development, Datuk Seri Sharizat Jalil.
This was according to PR leaders during their talks at the People’s Freedom Tour which was held at Sri Desa Entrepreneur Park at Kuchai Lama last night.
PKR Opposition Leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim in his speech said that PR’s attitude is different than that of Umno-BN that uses the taxpayer’s money to save businesses of their family and corporate friends.
“Remember what my ‘clash’ with Tun Dr Mahathir was about in 1998? He asked for RM2 billion because his son’s company was almost bankrupt.
“I said that I could help but, the I cannot give the government’s money. He then got angry and took how much of Petronas’ money? RM2 billion…Mirzan Tun Mahathir,” said Anwar who was the former Minster of Finance.
During the same programme, Lembah Pantai MP, Nurul Izzah Anwar too, said that PR would be stern with any of their leaders who intends to pass government projects to their close relatives or corporate friends.
Nurul Izzah also urged the government to save the country from being destroyed by Umno-BN.
“Under the current BN government we have approached Merill Lynch’s (report) estimate that says that Malaysia will be young and poor come 2030. So give PR a chance to change (this),” she said.
According to Nurul Izzah, this will happen because of the increased cost of living which is surging fast, leaving behind the household income of the common public.
Petaling Jaya Utara MP, Tony Pua, explained how PR’s administration in Selangor and Penang prohibits their elected representatives to apply for land right after the Chief Ministers took their oaths.
This attitude is different from that of Selangor Umno-BN leaders who are tirelessly defending their opinions that Assemblymen have the right to apply for State Government-owned land.
Therefore, the people are urged to wisely evaluate and compare PR and Umno-BN regarding who prioritises the welfare of the people and who prioritises themselves.
In addition, Tony Pua also said that PR will strive to collect the remainder of the debts left by Umno-BN, including those from their cronies, to be returned to the people.