BATU KAWAN: Opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim has urged Malaysians not to place their trust in political parties that are Malay and Muslim in name, but not in practise when dealing with poverty, corruption, and environmental degradation.
In a thinly veiled dig at Umno and PAS, Anwar said that such parties tend to create a system that fosters income equality, which breeds corruption. He said this manifests in acts that destroy the environment, causing people to suffer.
“Hills are being levelled under the name of Malay and Islam, and we say Allahuakbar (Allah is great),” said Anwar, who is PKR president, when addressing 1,000 party members at the Wanita PKR assembly here today.
He condemned those who “only take care of the spiritual (side) and pray five times a day while donning a hijab” but who condone all sorts of greed, the levelling of hills, and the theft of timber.
He said PKR is different from the Malay-Muslim parties.
While defending the position of the Malay rulers, national language, and the status of Malays and Islam, the party also gives attention to all races when dealing with poverty, he said.
“That is the difference between us (PKR) and them. We make no apologies, and we will remain committed to championing the cause of all Malaysians, irrespective of their race or religion.
“This is the meaning of justice and equality, although we (PKR) have been maligned in rural areas as if we don’t stand for anything,” he added.