Dr M: We’re against corruption, abuse of power

Dr M: We’re against corruption, abuse of power

PONTIAN: Pakatan Harapan is committed to ensure that none of its leaders get involved in corruption or abuse of power, said Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad.

He also assured that with firm measures in place, none of its leaders would not have an opportunity to enrich themselves without fearing severe punishment.

“It is true that we cannot always blame the previous government in efforts to develop the country and ensure the well-being of the rakyat.

“At the same time those who have been following the court cases will realise that the damage caused by corrupt practices and abuse of power almost destroyed the country,” he said, in an open letter to the voters and residents of the Tanjung Piai parliamentary constituency distributed to the media yesterday.

Apart from curbing graft and abuse of power, Mahathir said the government is also taking concrete measures to revive the nation’s economy.

 “Apart from continuing with the existing Malaysia plans, the government has also introduced short and long-term strategies, including the Shared Prosperity Vision 2030 which we believe can reduce the income gap between the races, districts and regions.

“Such plans may take time to bear fruit but the people will begin to taste the benefits soon. I believe if the people care to evaluate properly, surely they can see and feel the benefits that come their way although gradually,” he said.

Mahathir also said the people now could see that Pakatan leaders and their families were not living a luxurious life, at the people’s expense.

On another matter, Mahathir warned the people that certain irresponsible quarters were trying ot pit the people against one another.

The Langkawi MP said the clarion call by these unscrupulous people were simple; the government of the day, though led by the Malays, were pawning off everything to the non-Malays.

“When they meet non-Malays, they will instigate them that non-Malay leaders in the government have lost their struggle because they want to look after their own positions.

“At the same time, the Malays are told that the non-Malay leaders are failing to look after their interests. As a result, Malays will feel that their future is not secure under this government.

“These two things cannot happen at the same time with the same government,” he said.

Mahathir then reminded the people that the government acted on the basis of consensus, which means that every interest of the people was considered before a decision was made.

“When we make decisions this way, every race and group will not feel fully satisfied. To me, this is better than one party feeling very satisfied and the other party feeling unhappy. Malaya and Malaysia developed since its formation because of the tolerance and spirit of cooperation among leaders who from before have been of various races,” he said.

Mahathir added that racial politics was being propagated by those who were desperate because they were facing legal action now for the greed and arrogance they displayed when they were in power.

“They do not care if their actions can spark racial clashes because to them, if trouble breaks out their misdeeds will be overlooked,” he said.

In the Tanjung Piai parliamentary by-election on Saturday, Mahathir urged voters to choose PH candidate Karmaine Sardini, who he said is the most suitable to continue with the efforts of the former MP Dr Md Farid Md Rafik, who died on Sept 21 of heart complications.

Karmaine is involved in a six-cornered fight with Barisan Nasional’s Datuk Seri Dr Wee Jeck Seng, Gerakan’s Wendy Subramaniam, Berjasa’s Datuk Dr Badrulhisham Abdul Aziz, and two independent candidates, Dr Ang Chuan Lock and Faridah Aryani Abd Ghaffar.

By G Vinod


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