REMBAU: In his speech during PKR’s 20th anniversary celebration in Rantau, PKR president Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim said that the party firmly rejects corruption, power abuse and cheating – and so should the rakyat.
Anwar has called on Malaysians to stop idolising individuals charged with corruption and embezzling billions of ringgit.He said that unlike in the past, during which opposition leaders faced political repression for highlighting issues of corruption, the current Pakatan Harapan (PH) government follows the rule of law.
He said it is therefore the responsibility of PH and PKR to provide a proper explanation on the matter to the people.
Anwar said “things have changed” since GE14, and that the present government would not hurl spurious allegations, incite the people to violence, or act out of revenge.
He also assured the public that the government is against the persecution of leaders from opposition parties.
Yesterday, Umno acting president Datuk Seri Mohamad Hasan said the accusations of theft and embezzlement against Najib are baseless.
He had also challenged the authorities to present solid proof that could put the former premier behind bars.
Mohamad had said the fact that Najib is still free shows that the allegations against him “are all lies and slander.”
It was reported that Mohamad, who is contesting in the Rantau by-election, had invited Najib to help with Barisan Nasional’s (BN) campaign.
The by-election sees a four-cornered fight between Mohamad from BN, Dr S. Streram from PH, and two independent candidates, R. Malarvizhi and Mohd Nor Yassin.
The by-election was called after the Federal Court dismissed an appeal filed by Mohamad to set aside an Election Court (EC) decision to declare his victory in the GE14 null and void.
Mohamad had won the seat uncontested in May 2018 after Dr Streram was unable to submit his nomination papers after being denied entry into the nomination centre for not having a pass issued by the EC. The state seat has 20,926 registered voters, including 118 early voters and four absentee voters.