Takiyuddin irresponsible for calling Anwar an ex-convict, says Azmin

PKR deputy president Mohamed Azmin Ali.

KUALA LUMPUR: PAS secretary-general Takiyuddin Hassan’s statement questioning if Anwar Ibrahim is fit to be prime minister since he is a former convict has been described as irresponsible by PKR deputy president Mohamed Azmin Ali.

Azmin said what Takiyuddin had stated was also unfair because the PKR president had received a royal pardon.

He said the people were aware that the charge against Anwar was politically motivated and that he was eventually given a full pardon by the Yang di-Pertuan Agong.

“We may have different political views but we must stick to the facts, and the fact is that this crisis was well resolved in the interest of the nation,” he said at a breaking of fast event organised by the Rubber Industry Smallholders Development Authority (Risda) here today.

Speaking at a Sandakan by-election campaign last Wednesday, Takiyuddin questioned whether the people wanted a former convict like Anwar as prime minister.

Azmin also reminded PAS to resolve its internal problems without associating them with other parties, including the recent issue of its “dedak cartel”.

“I am not a PAS member. I am not involved with what is happening in PAS. I think it is their internal problem and they need to resolve it.

“I saw the statement from Abdul Hadi Awang that he did not give his blessing. They need to settle (the matter) their way,” he said, referring to the PAS president’s denial that he gave his blessing to his son-in-law, Zaharudin Muhammad, to expose the existence of the “dedak cartel” who had allegedly taken money from Umno.