SHAH ALAM, 26 Mar: Tun Daim Zainuddin has been claimed to fear of the possibility that Pakatan Rakyat will govern Putrajaya after the 13th General Elections (GE-13) because the former Finance Minister is among the biggest Umno cronies who will lose his wealth.
Opposition Leader, Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim said that Daim abused his authority as a minister when he profited from the wealth of Bumiputera shares worth hundreds of millions of ringgits to be distributed to cronies and his family.
Anwar claims that he has records proving Daim’s abuse of power during his service as the Finance Minister from 1984 to 1991.
“Tun Daim is worried about the wealth he illegally took from the country. What I do not agree to is for the country’s economy to be used to enrich family and cronies.
“Tun Daim personally knows of the hundreds of millions of poor Bumiputera’s money distributed to his cronies.
“I know and I understand that there is a record because I took his place as the Minister of Finance after his term,” he said in an interview session with Radio Free Malaysia (RFM) last night.
In an interview with the pro-Umno newspaper, the New Sunday Times, Daim said that Anwar is not the right candidate for Prime Minister.
Daim claims that Anwar will confuse the country and lead with the advice of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the World Bank.
He also claims that not a single significant idea has come from Anwar as the Economic Advisor of the Selangor Government.
Anwar explained that when he was appointed as Minister of Finance, the country’s economy rapidly developed between 9 to 10 percent per annum in addition to the reduction of the country’s debt and deficit.
Anwar said that he is confident that the country’s economy will be better if Pakatan Rakyat (PR) is given the mandate to govern in the upcoming General Elections.
“I am confident that the country’s economy will improve as did the Selangor and Penang PR Government which are far better in management.
“So how can we say that PR’s economic management is weaker than the previous Umno-BN (government)?” he asked.