NIBONG TEBAL: Former opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim was the first person to have highlighted the possibility that 1MDB could “destroy” the economy, Lembah Pantai MP Nurul Izzah Anwar told a ceramah last night.
The PKR vice-president said Anwar had brought up the issue of 1MDB in the Dewan Rakyat when the sovereign fund was still known by its original name, Terengganu Investment Authority (TIA), in 2009.
“Anwar said the formation of the TIA would destroy the economy. However, our prime minister said Anwar had lied.
“But it was clear after a few years, Anwar’s prediction has come true,” Nurul said in the “Sayangi Malaysia, Hapuskan Kleptokrasi” ceramah held by Pakatan Harapan at Sungai Acheh, near here yesterday.
The short-lived TIA was formed in late 2008 with the help of the federal government to help Terengganu use its oil royalties to invest in profitable ventures.
TIA was later renamed as 1MDB in 2009, as the government felt it should be the country’s sovereign fund, with the benefits to be shared by all Malaysians.
Some 1,000 people turned up for the ceramah, which was dubbed the “Tony Pua Course in 1MDB” by Penang PKR chief Mansor Othman.
Pua, who is also Petaling Jaya Utara MP, gave a talk aided with a slideshow on 1MDB, that gave most of the kampung folk a better understanding of the issue than before.
Meanwhile, Mansor, who credited the DAP national publicity secretary for explaining the issue in layman terms, remarked how it was previously difficult to get a big crowd to turn up for opposition events in Sungai Acheh.
“In the past two general elections, the numbers that turned out for opposition ceramahs were not great.
“However, the crowd is so different now, coming out in full force, despite having elected an Umno assemblyman for the past two terms,” Mansor said.