Why so afraid to declare your wealth, Anwar asks PAS

PKR president Anwar Ibrahim.

PETALING JAYA: Anwar Ibrahim has criticised PAS for opposing the move to compel elected politicians to declare their wealth after the Islamist party’s president said asset declaration was a communist concept promoted by DAP.

The PKR president said PAS leaders should not be worried over the move if they had nothing to hide.

He said it was strange that PAS leaders who championed transparency “now seem to be frightened”.

“They are giving excuses that it is part of communism,” Anwar told reporters during an event in Negeri Sembilan.

Hadi reportedly said that declaring assets is a communist and socialist concept.

He said while socialism limits wealth, leaders in socialist countries are the richest.

Anwar reminded Hadi that wealth declaration is a must for politicians in Indonesia.

He said by declaring their wealth, politicians who abused their position would be exposed, including PAS leaders who have amassed land and projects in Perak, Kelantan and Terengganu.

“We will know if there is any abuse. That is the objective,” he said.

On July 1, the Dewan Rakyat approved a special motion compelling all MPs to declare their assets.

PAS and Umno MPs opposed the move, saying the government should instead amend corruption laws and make it compulsory for politicians to declare their wealth.