Don’t stop criticising previous BN govt, Anwar tells Pakatan

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Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim and Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi at Parliament in Kuala Lumpur November 12, 2018. — Picture by Azneal Ishak

KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 12 — Pakatan Harapan leaders should not stop criticising the previous Barisan Nasional administration, Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim said today.

This is following Council of Eminent Persons (CEP) chairman Tun Daim Zainuddin’s statement on Thursday, who said that the ruling government should stop pointing fingers and blaming the previous government and instead focus on delivering its promises.

“Daim’s point is correct that it should not be an obsession because people want to know what is next...What are the plans for the present and the future.

“But that should not stop us from expressing our views or coming out with new evidence,” he told reporters at the Parliament lobby, today.

Anwar said that while Daim has the right to express his views, he added there is compelling evidence to suggest that past excesses had placed the present Pakatan Harapan government in its current predicament.

“As a policy decision, I think that is correct but there are cases, strong compelling cases, to prove that because of the excesses of the past, we have to endure and deal with the present.

“I can understand why leaders have to then reflect upon the excesses of the past,” the Port Dickson MP said.

By means of an example, Anwar cited an incident at the New Economic Forum in Singapore last week that was attended by representatives from several international financial institutions that were allegedly complicit in the 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) scandal.

“I was in Singapore for the conference and I had to deal with the issue of 1MDB of course. We do face some problems relating to financial constraints and of course, 1MDB will come up.

“And I have to say, unfortunately, some of the international financial institutions were complicit to what we consider a crime of squandering billions from the public purse,” he said.

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