Danyal: I'm not being compensated to make way for Anwar

NSTP Team

PETALING JAYA: Datuk Danyal Balagopal Abdullah has denied that he received compensation for vacating

the Port Dickson parliamentary seat to make way for PKR de facto leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim.

The only "compensation" he received, he said, was being given the opportunity to work with Anwar.

"I’m not receiving anything. In return, I get to work with Anwar. I am still serving the people there," Danyal said after a media conference at the PKR headquarters here on Wednesday.

He said Anwar should be made prime minister as soon as possible.

"My suggestion to him was for him to get to parliament as soon as possible. It has nothing to do with PKR.

"I feel that as a prime minister-in-waiting, he shouldn't be making noise outside. I told him to get into the system as soon as possible.

"There is a saying in the navy, that you can only change the direction of the ship when you're the captain."

On a related issue, Danyal denied claims by military veterans group Patriots that Anwar running for a by-election in Port Dickson would result in a "backlash."

Brig-Gen (R) Mohamed Arshad Raji had claimed that it would lead to dearth of representatives made up of ex-servicemen.

"General Arshad may not be in touch with reality. He’s got it wrong. I have been on the ground with veterans more than anyone.

"Especially in Port Dickson. I know the poor, the disabled the bedridden. Arshad should come down here.”

Danyal said issues affecting ex-servicemen would not be neglected at the Dewan Rakyat.

"First Admiral (Rtd) Mohamad Imran Abd Hamid (former Lumut MP) is there. I can work with him.

"Whatever issues we have on the ground, don't you think that I can raise them with the prime minister-in-waiting? I believe it will be more effective.

"I can raise issues on army veterans and the disabled among others."Report by Mohd Anwar Patho Rohman, Syed Umar Ariff, Fahmy Azril Rosli and Esther Landau © New Straits Times Press (M) Bhd