Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Anwar’s decision unethical, mocks process

KUCHING: Former deputy prime minister Anwar Ibrahim’s contentious decision to contest a state seat in his bid to resolve issues in Selangor is a mockery to the country’s democratic process and voters’ trust.

Speaking in Kuala Lumpur, University Malaysia Sarawak senior lecturer and political analyst Dr Jeniri Ahmad said Anwar’s actions were unethical and irresponsible.

“If Anwar takes over the seat and then becomes Selangor menteri besar, it
only shows his true colours and the party’s.

“It reflects that self interest is above public interest. It is a waste of money and public trust.
“It also poses the question of whether he (Anwar) is able to focus his attention as an MP,assemblyman as well as menteri besar,” he said.
Jeniri said PKR’s move did not augur well for the  country’s democracy as democracy should represent the people’s voice and not votes to serve one’s self-interest.
He was commenting on Anwar’s announcement yesterday  that he would be contesting the Kajang state seat. His announcement came after Kajang assemblyman Lee Chin Cheh announced his resignation in the  ”common interest” of Pakatan.
Following Lee’s resignation Selangor Menteri Besar Khalid Ibrahim and Anwar’s announcement, Khalid reportedly said that he will step down as MB of Selangor if Pakatan Rakyat leaders wished him to.

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