Asia Malaysia Anwar speaks of 'cartel' in his party 

Anwar speaks of ‘cartel’ in his party 

The said cartel is a powerful group of ministers, party leaders and youth members representing an entire faction in the party

Author

Date

Category

- Advertisement -

Infighting within Anwar’s PKR continues to rage and for the first time, party president Anwar Ibrahim made public reference to a certain ‘cartel’ active in the party.

The blogosphere on the internet and social media posts have long referred to a certain grouping in the party as a ‘cartel’.

Some comments on social media say the said cartel is a powerful group of ministers, party leaders and youth members representing an entire faction in the party.

However, those aligned to Anwar use the term to refer to PKR deputy president Azmin Ali’s faction.

- Advertisement -

Without saying which group forms the cartel in the PKR, Anwar said he will not endorse the existence of cartels in the party.

According to people close to the party, the said cartel is also composed of cabinet ministers.

The PKR has seven cabinet ministers, including the wife of Anwar Ibrahim, Deputy PM Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail. The party also have four deputy ministers.

Anwar also warned about the trappings of power, positions and wealth, noting how these can adversely impact idealism, stressing on the importance of PKR’s origins.

“Positions are not for us to become slaves and lackeys to the point of losing our sense and forgetting the party and principles of our struggle.

“Our (political) ascension is because of the party. How can we forget the party and principles after obtaining positions and power?” he said.

‘Positions should not make us slaves or lackeys,’ he added.

Anwar also reminded the party members that power and wealth must not bewitch the leaders.

“(They) must lead moderate lives because we have a responsibility towards the people. We must be stern in this,” he said at a party meeting.

The other PKR ministers are the Minister of Economy Azmin Ali, Minister of Water, Land and Natural Resources Dr Xavier Jayakumar Arulanandam, Minister of Housing and Local Government Zuraida Kamaruddin, Minister of Domestic Trade and Consumers Affairs Saifuddin Nasution Ismail, Minister of Foreign Affairs Saifuddin Abdullah and Minister of Works Baru Bian. -/TISG

Send in your scoop to news@theindependent.sg 

- Advertisement -

Kranji land ‘erroneous’ clearing: more supervision not always best solution, says Chan Chun Sing

Singapore – Processes should be streamlined and not more layers of supervision added in public service, said Trade and Industry Minister Chan Chun Sing on Friday (Feb 26) in response to the erroneous clearing of a large patch of woodland in...

National reserves: Whatever their strategic value, Singaporeans have right to know how they are managed

  The ruling People’s Action Party is weaponising knowledge of the exact amount of Singapore’s national reserves as a way of helping it stay in power. That’s unacceptable. It does not have such an in perpetuity right. One of the debates in...

Jolin Tsai’s perky butt got the internet abuzz

Taipei -- Mandopop diva Jolin Tsai isn't shy of flaunting her figure in all kinds of sexy and revealing outfits and her fans are just lapping it up. The 40-year-old singer uploaded a couple of photos from her trip to Yangmingshan...

Send in your scoop to news@theindependent.sg 

Theindependent