Friday, December 07, 2007

Anwar: Voters have themselves to blame

Daily Express, 5/12/07

Kota Belud: Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) Advisor Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim said it was not the fault of the Barisan Nasional leaders if they had not performed to expectations.

On the contrary, the people had themselves to blame for having given them the mandate. "If the people continue to give their support to these BN representatives, then they would know what would befall their generations in time to come, he said.

Anwar was addressing some 2,500 PKR supporters, here, Sunday. He further claimed that supporting the BN would mean supporting the self-interests of the leaders and their cronies, family members and nepotism that would make the people even poorer and sideline their rights.

He pointed out that the PKR struggle was not a question of political challenge but more of saving Sabah, and the country in general, as the people's rights had eroded gradually.

Citing an example, he said senior BN leaders were given a RM540 million commission for the purchase of two Russian submarines, "but a serviceman only receives a RM500 monthly pension upon retirement".

He further alleged that Umno's domination in the BN totally disregards the views of component parties.

Meanwhile, Kota Belud PKR chief Jalumin Samin claimed that 15,000 people had joined the party in Kota Belud, while several former BN leaders and members, like James Bagah handed 1,500 application forms to Anwar.

Sunday's function also saw both Anwar and Jeffrey celebrating their joint 60th birthday. Anwar earlier also addressed supporters in Kota Belud, Tuaran and Tamparuli.

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