Nothing wrong with Rafidah’s criticism, says Anwar

PORT DICKSON: Anwar Ibrahim today said there was nothing wrong with former Wanita Umno chief Rafidah Aziz’s criticism of Pakatan Harapan’s (PH) leadership.

The PKR president-elect said he respected her opinion, adding that she had wide experience and often gave good advice.

“She has the experience to review these kinds of things, so it is not wrong for her to comment,” the PH candidate for the Port Dickson by-election said to reporters during a walkabout at a sale at Pernama, Port Dickson camp, here.

Also present was former Umno Supreme Council member Syed Hamid Albar who is campaigning for Anwar for the first time as a PPBM member.

Rafidah yesterday warned the PH government that it could lose power if it puts off making important decisions because it is shackled by the promises in its election manifesto.

The former international trade and industry minister said she was surprised that Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad had to give up the education portfolio after it was pointed out that the PH election manifesto disallowed the prime minister from holding two portfolios.

Syed Hamid said he agreed with Rafidah that the PH government was overly dependent on its election manifesto.

“What Rafidah said is true. Any political party will attempt to fulfil its manifesto but it has to consider the financial affordability.

“What is important is that the people want freedom. It is now an open society and the elected representatives must be people-friendly,” he said.