PKR polls: I care about choosing the best, not factions, says Anwar

PKR president-elect advises party members not to blindly follow ‘camps’.

SHAH ALAM: PKR president-elect Anwar Ibrahim today ticked off those who chose candidates based on “cai” (camps), labelling them as illiterates and half blind.

Anwar said many have questioned why he said he did not care about camps.

“I care about choosing the best. That is what I stress on. I do not represent any camps. I represent all of you, who must choose the best candidate.

“Those who blindly follow camps, if they are not illiterate, they are half blind,” he said at a talk on New Malaysia at the Dewan Raja Muda Musa here tonight. Also present were PKR deputy president Mohamed Azmin Ali and Selangor Menteri Besar Aminudin Shari.

Anwar said while it was the right of party members to choose who they think is best, to him, the best candidates were those who were principled, have been tested in the party struggle, have clear ideals, and can be counted on to help the leadership.

The PKR polls have been heated, with factions split between Azmin and his opponent for the deputy president’s post, Rafizi Ramli.

Azmin, who is defending his position, is slightly ahead of Rafizi, so far.

Meanwhile, Anwar, who is also Port Dickson MP, said the “reformasi” movement was no longer an agenda on the streets but had moved to Parliament and Putrajaya.

He pointed out that 20 years after the movement began, it was not him nor Azmin uttering the words, but Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad who chose it as the theme for the new Malaysia.

“The prime minister said it not as a slogan, but as a development agenda. Not just merely the six pillars (in the 11th Malaysia Plan mid-term review), but Mahathir has voiced his commitment to reform systems which are in bad shape and in need of change.

“I may just be a normal MP. But for us, we have achieved progress after fighting for 20 years. Something we can be proud of.

“What is that progress? The progress is that now, we have the head of the government who is saying the country needs to leave behind the damage, the corruption and the greed, and bring change through the ongoing ‘reformasi’ agenda,” he said.