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No Seri Perdana for me, says Anwar

 | August 28, 2012

The opposition leader promises not to be ostentatious if he becomes PM.

TAIPING: If Pakatan Rakyat wins the coming election and Anwar Ibrahim keeps his promise, Seri Perdana, the Prime Minister’s opulent residence, may well turn out to be a white elephant.

The opposition leader told PKR open-house guests in Simpang on Sunday that he would eschew the ostentation associated with BN prime ministers and move closer to the simple lifestyle of Kelantan Menteri Besar Nik Aziz Nik Mat.

“If I become Prime Minister, no need to stay in Putrajaya,” he said. “I will stay at my house in Bukit Segambut.”

Seri Perdana was built when Dr Mahathir Mohamad was prime minister and reportedly cost RM42.88 million.

“The electricity bill for the place is too high,” Anwar told a 2,000 strong at the Hari Raya open house.

He noted that Nik Aziz had been living in the same modest home for more than 20 years and it had not affected his effectiveness as menteri besar.

He said the leader of a country should always keep in touch with ground realities and act accordingly or suffer a fate similar to that of former Egyptian autocrat Hosni Mubarak.

He reiterated Pakatan Rakyat’s promises of reform and rubbished BN’s allegation that the fulfilment of those promises would bankrupt the nation.

He said BN had wasted millions upon millions of public funds through inefficiency and corruption, including the award of inflated contracts to cronies.

Plugging these would generate the funds for Pakatan to carry out its election pledges, he added.

He pledged that Pakatan would remain guided by the principles of good governance, accountability, transparency and competency.

Anwar was at the open house for about an hour before leaving for Kuala Kurau, Parit Buntar and Bagan Serai to deliver more ceramahs.


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