Saturday, March 9, 2013

Malay News: Anwar rebukes Pakatan members for fighting over seats

Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim issued a stern reprimand today to Pakatan Rakyat (PR) members for publicly tussling over seats and issuing “threats” to their party comrades when their demands are not met. “This is shallow minded and not looking at the big picture,” the opposition leader said in his speech at the Penang PR state convention in Komtar here. He said grassroots members could ask for seats, even demand for seats, but it was wrong for them to issue threats to get seats. “Don’t sacrifice PR’s principles just because of this tussling for seats in one or two areas,” the PKR de facto leader said. He said so far all this public dissent was among the grassroots members while the top leadership of PKR, the DAP and PAS did not have any problems. Anwar said his relationship with PAS was like among good friends with the same goal of strengthening Islam in the country. “As for DAP, Lim Kit Siang and Lim Guan Eng are like my family,” he said. The former deputy prime minister said PR may not be perfect and it had its weaknesses. “We can only appeal to God to help us improve,” he said. The state convention saw about 200 delegates from the three parties attending the half-day event.

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