Anwar says he will side with opposition if current govt commits corruption

Syed Umar Ariff, MOHD ISKANDAR IBRAHIM, Luqman Arif Abdul Karim

KUALA LUMPUR: Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim has declared that he will stand with the opposition if the current government commits corruption.

Anwar, who is the incoming PKR president and in line to become the next prime minister, said he would give no quarter to those responsible for inefficiency and corruption.

Anwar was speaking at the closing of the Congress on Future of Bumiputera and the Nation 2018 on Saturday.

He cautioned that the opposition would scrutinise the Auditor-General’s Report to uncover anything negative against the government.

"When I was the opposition, I would look through the pages because I wanted to find weapons against the government.

"And now, this is also what the current opposition will do against us. So we have to be careful (in running the administration).

"This is also a reminder to all ministers and those responsible in running the government.

"Hopefully I will make a comeback soon.

"If it is found that there are leakages or graft, I will stand together with the opposition against the government against such transgressions.

"I will obtain the evidence of such things from National Centre for Governance, Integrity and Anti-Corruption (GIACC) head Tan Sri Abu Kassim Mohamed and the new Auditor-General Tan Sri Dr Madinah Mohamad," Anwar said to roaring applause from the crowd.

Touching on the sale of approved permits (AP) and contracts to third parties, Anwar said the ones who awarded such jobs were also in the wrong.

"If you already know that these are the people who 'songlap' (loot) APs and contracts, why on earth did you award these (party) branch and division leaders with jobs?

"There must be a monitoring system, so that there is transparency to mitigate any leakage." © New Straits Times Press (M) Bhd