Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim sememangnya dilihat ‘terlalu lemah’ apabila gagal menjadikan anak-anaknya sebagai individu yang terkaya di Malaysia mahupun peringkat global.
Demikian kata Setiausaha Agung PKR, Datuk Saifuddin Nasution Ismail(pix bawah) sebagai respons kepada kenyataan bekas Menteri Kewangan, Tun Daim Zainuddin yang menganggap Anwar sebagai seorang yang lemah dan gilakan publisiti.
Secara sinis, katanya kelemahan Anwar sepanjang 17 tahun berada di dalam kerajaan telah mewujudkan perbelanjaan yang seimbang dan tidak mengumpul hutang yang berganda-ganda sepertimana berlaku sekarang.
"Anwar memang lemah dan saya kesal apabila beliau gagal menjadikan anaknya sebagai individu terkaya di nagara ini atau peringkat global.
"Beliau lemah bila tidak memberi projek-projek mega kepada keluarganya sepertimana yang dilakukan pemimpin dalam Umno sekarang ini," ujarnya pada sidang media di ibu pejabat PKR di sini.
"Anwar juga lemah kerana semasa jadi menteri kewangan dia bayar hutang negara lebih awal daripada jadual.
"Menteri kewangan yang baik harus menimbun hutang.
"Dalam konteks itu saya setuju sepenuhnya dengan kenyataan Tun Daim," katanya lagi.
Saifuddin menegaskan, ‘kehebatan’ seseorang pemimpin itu hanya dilihat apabila ia dapat menjadikan ahli keluarga sebagai individu terkaya dengan pemberian projek mega dan dapat mengumpul hutang negara dengan lebih banyak.
Dalam wawancara yang disiarkan KiniBiz semalam, Daim yang juga merupakan tokoh korporat berjaya menyifatkan Anwar sebagai "lemah" kerana tidak mempunyai sebarang pencapaian sewaktu berada di dalam kerajaan.
Beliau juga berkata, Perdana Menteri Datuk Seri Najib Razak gagal menunjukkan kepimpinan di peringkat nasional. - harakahdaily,malaysiakini
Daim Zainuddin said...
…we have heard about the Kajang move, so to speak. Anwar is going to contest there. What’s your take on the whole Anwar, Khalid and Azmin issue?
Anwar has never been able to solve any problem (laughing). Again, the weak leadership. He’s not even elected in Parti KeAdilan Rakyat (PKR), yet he wields so much power and influence. He decides what to do and so far, the president and the rest are keeping quiet. They’re elected fellows (laughs).
Anwar wants to be in the limelight all the time. Whether good news, bad news, it doesn’t matter for him, as long as he’s in the news (laughing). That’s Anwar lah. And you all have given so much space to him — that’s what he loves. It doesn’t matter, even if you criticise him also it’s news. You praise him also it’s news.
But this (Kajang move) is rubbish, wasting public funds. And now Khalid said (reportedly) that he’s not going to resign (from the Mentri Besar post).
Anwar 'weak' as his children not in rich list...In a sarcastic response, PKR secretary general Saifuddin Nasution today defended his boss Anwar Ibrahim against former finance minister Daim Zainuddin by listing the PKR de facto leader's "weaknesses".
"Yes, I agree with Daim that Anwar is 'weak' as after 17 years in government, none of his children are in the list of the top 10 richest people in Malaysia.
"He is also weak as he failed to amass wealth like Daim. It is tough for me to forgive Anwar for this weakness," he said.
Saifuddin (right) added that Anwar was also a 'weak' finance minister as he had then paid off national debts ahead of schedule and avoided debt build up and a wide deficit.
In an interview with Kinibiz published yesterday, Daim, who is also a successful corporate figure said Anwar is weak as he never achieved anything while in government.
He also said that Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak had similarly failed to provide national leadership.- malaysiakini
In deriding Anwar, Daim shows Umno fear of losing Putrajaya sooner than later...
So why is Tun Daim Zainuddin quaking?
Make no mistake, the former finance minister is worried. Worried enough that he keeps talking incessantly about Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim.
Publicly, he dismisses the PKR de facto leader as a publicity hound, a man who craves the limelight and loves the next headline.
Publicly, he runs the opposition leader down as someone who has never been able to solve any problem.
Publicly, he says that Anwar's move to contest a by-election in Kajang is a complete waste of public funds.
Apparently Daim's fixation with Anwar continues in private discussions but behind closed doors, the tone is less dismissive, less condescending.
Those in his circle say he speaks with some concern over the consequences of an Anwar victory in Kajang; chiefly the real possibility of Anwar being the chief executive of the richest state in Malaysia with several billion ringgit at his disposal and the immediate impact on the morale of Umno members in Selangor and then around the country.
Left unsaid is the fear that with a strong economic base and a platform to showcase stronger leadership qualities than the incumbent in Putrajaya, a rejuvenated and focused Anwar could lead Pakatan Rakyat (PR) to defeat Datuk Seri Najib Razak and Barisan Nasional (BN) in the next general elections - an end result could prove particularly uncomfortable for Daim, Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad and other Umno leaders from the glory days of privatisation and excess.
After all, Selangor is the country's richest and most-industrialised state and next to it is Kuala Lumpur, which make them rich pickings for infrastructure projects, property deals and business for cronies and others connected to Putrajaya.
It would be in the interest of the few who have benefited in the past to ensure Selangor returns to the Barisan Nasional fold.
Anwar leading the state would make that a remote possibility for the near future and turn Selangor into another political fortress like Kelantan is for PAS.
To put it simply, there is a need to protect the golden goose.
And Umno-linked tycoons will go all out to prevent Anwar from taking over as menteri besar.
So do not be surprised if Daim takes more than a cursory interest in how Umno/BN are preparing for battle against Anwar.
It would be in the interest of the old guard of the Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad era if the current Selangor Mentri Besar Tan Sri Abdul Khalid Ibrahim does not vacate his position or at least drags out the whole process.
And let's be clear, their disdain about the “Kajang move” has little to do with the use of public funds for a by-election.
Because if they were truly concerned about how taxpayers money is spent, they would not have allowed the one-sided toll concessions or sweet deals for the independent power producers or keep water resources in the hands of a few connected businessmen.
The battle for Kajang then, is really the battle over who gets to control Putrajaya in the nearest future.
An Anwar win in Kajang could lead to Umno losing the federal government sooner than later. – tmi
Guan Eng: Anwar has guts, MCA doesn't...Anwar Ibrahim has the gumption to battle Umno and BN whereas MCA does not. And this, according to Lim Guan Eng, is the reason behind the Chinese community’s backing for the opposition leader.
Known for his acerbic remarks, especially when it comes to MCA, the DAP secretary-general ripped his rival to shreds and called on the BN party to learn from P Waythamoorthy's experience.
Lim was referring to the Persatuan Hindraf Malaysia chairperson's resignation as deputy minister after blaming Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak of reneging on his promise to help the Indians.
"MCA should learn from the bitter lessons of Waythamoorthy, who resigned after eight painful and fruitless months as deputy minister because Waythamoorthy realised that he was deceived by Umno's lies and refused to be a slave to those who discriminate and divide Malaysians.
"MCA is rushing to go back into government at the same time that Waythamoorthy resigned, when it is clear that ministerial posts under Umno are meaningless as it will not make any difference in policy nor in bringing change that will improve the livelihood of the people," he said in a statement today.
Lim also called on MCA president Liow Tiong Lai to apologise to the Chinese community on behalf of the four MCA ministers responsible for supporting Operasi Lalang in 1987.
He said Liow should do so if he continues to insist that Anwar is also culpable by virtue of his cabinet position and the principle of collective responsibility.
"Liow continues to pin the blame on Anwar even though Anwar was never the home minister who signed the Internal Security Act (ISA) detention orders.
"Former prime minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad (right) recently admitted he was responsible as he signed the detention orders for Operasi Lalang.
"As a former detainee under Operasi Lalang, I can vouch that it was Mahathir and not Anwar who signed the detention order for 18 months till my release on April 19, 1989," he added.
Lim, who is also Penang chief minister, claimed that Liow was attempting to distract attention from MCA's failures as well as "hide the shame" of MCA "abandoning its principle" of not accepting government posts for performing badly in the last general election.
"It was MCA's support for Operasi Lalang and turning its back on justice and human dignity that caused MCA to lose the support and respect of Chinese voters.
"Wrongly blaming Anwar would not redeem MCA and earn back that support principally because Anwar has decided to fight the oppression, injustice and corruption of BN whilst MCA continues to be a slave to corrupt extremists and racists merely to enjoy the perks and privileges of ministerial office," he added. - malaysiakini
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