Ketua Pembangkang, Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim mempersoalkan tindakan Kerajaan Pusat memberikan kontrak penswastaan jutaan ringgit kepada jutawan Tan Sri Syed Mokhtar al-Bukhary.
Dakwanya, Datuk Seri Najib Razak adalah seorang Perdana Menteri yang penakut dan lebih mementingkan kroni berbanding memperbaiki kehidupan rakyat khususnya golongan berpendapatan rendah.
“Sekarang saya nak tanya Najib sebagai Perdana Menteri, kamu ada kuasa, sebab apa kamu takut sangat dengan Tan Sri Syed Mokhtar.
“Apa dia minta semua kamu bagi, gula, beras, KTMB, elektrik IPP, Proton, pelabuhan Tanjung Pelepas semua kamu bagi kepada Tan Sri Syed Mokhtar.
“Kalau kita nak tolong Bumiputera, tidak bolehkah kita beri kepada anak melayu lain yang lebih layak supaya kekayaan negara dapat dimanfaatkan sebetulnya kepada rakyat,” katanya.
Anwar berkata demikian di dalam ucapannya di Majlis Rumah Terbuka MP Bandar Tun Razak Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim di Flat Sri Labuan, Bandar Tun Razak hari ini.
Baru-baru dilaporkan bahawa Kerajaan Pusat sedang mempertimbangkan cadangan daripada syarikat Malaysian Mining Corporation Berhad (MMC) untuk mengambilalih operasi Keretapi Tanah Melayu Berhad.
Syed Mokhtar, menerusi beberapa syarikatnya, menguasai lapangan terbang Senai, Port of Tanjung Pelepas (PTP) dan pelabuhan Pasir Gudang.
Laman web The Malaysian Insider melaporkan beliau juga mempunyai kaitan dengan sebuah konsortium yang dianugerahkan projek keretapi dalam bandar MRT.- selangorku
Mahathir is implying that under PR govt., Malaysia will be better managed,better governed that rakyat will find it difficult to support BN/UMNO anymore...
Should Dr Mahathir Mohamad's prediction that BN will never regain power if it loses to Pakatan Rakyat be realised, it would be the result of the coalition's own doing, said PKR de facto leader Anwar Ibrahim.
"He (Mahathir) says once you (BN) lose, it will go on forever. That's true because the entire corruption and mismanagement by BN will be exposed," he told reporters in Kuala Lumpur today.
Anwar said the stark difference between Pakatan and BN once the former captures federal power would mean BN would have a hard time convincing people to support it anymore.
"I think he (Mahathir) is implying that under Pakatan government, it will be better managed, more just, better governed that people will find it difficult to support BN," he said.
Mahathir had on several occasions warned that Pakatan will use underhanded tactics to remain power forever if it is successful in ousting BN as the federal government.
Dr Mahathir’s warning came when he spoke to a crowd of government retirees in Lembah Pantai here, but he did not elaborate further, instead urging voters to appreciate BN’s “good governance” over the past 55 years.
“But no way... once they gain power, they will do everything possible, and we cannot change again to BN... by then, it will be too late,” Dr Mahathir had said.
The country’s longest-serving prime minister then reminded the audience of his experience in government, and said he “knows a few things”.
He also repeated a recent point made on his blog and in public speeches that “change” may not necessarily be for the better.
“A lot of people ask, ‘Should there not be a change (of government)?’ I feel — and I do have some experience... you remember, I was PM for 22 years — change is not always for the better.
Earlier, Anwar spoke at Lembah Pantai MP Nurul Izzah Anwar's open house at Pantai Dalam where he praised the over 1,000 participants for turning up despite recent bouts of political violence.
"I thank the crowd here for not being intimidated even though stones rained at our last event (here)," he said.
Anwar was referring to an incident in May within the same vicinity, where an elderly man suffered a bloodied head after PKR's ceramah was attacked by a stone-throwing mob, among other casualties.
According to Nurul Izzah's political secretary Fahmi Fadli, a group of youths had heckled party workers who were setting up tents for the open house at 2am today.
"They threatened our workers and wanted them to take down our flags," he said.
However, the group left after a brief stand off.
Fahmi noted that the open house which was held within the compound of Pantai Permai Apartment was a high density area which comprised 20 percent of Lembah Pantai voters.
Taking advantage of this, PKR took its "Lower Car Price" campaign to the lower-middle class neighbourhood with its iconic yellow cheap mobile parked at the open house.
Nurul Izzah had in 2008 shocked political observers when she unseated senior minister Shahrizat Abdul Jalil at Lembah Pantai.
Federal Territories and Urban Well Minister Raja Nong Chik has since began pouring massive resources into the constituency in a bid to unseat the incumbent.
Despite acknowledging the challenge, Nurul Izzah had said that she will defend her seat.- malaysiakini