Pakatan Harapan a political hypocrite government?

Pakatan Harapan a political hypocrite government?

KUALA LUMPUR: Reforms and governance parliamentary caucus chief Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim who is also PKR president defended the government over alleged political hypocrisy.

“I don’t believe so,” he, who is also Port Dickson MP, told a press conference after attending the Malaysian Economy Symposium: Present and the Future’ held at the Parliament building today.

“This is because Khazanah and Petronas are national holdings. So for the transition (period), this is acceptable. Even the people did not see this as a money making arrangement for Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad.”

Earlier today, University Malaya political economist Edmund Terence Gomez questioned the Pakatan Harapan government’s decision in moving two government linked investment corporations out of Ministry of Finance and placing it under the Economic Affairs Ministry.

UM political economist Edmund Terence Gomez

He accused the Pakatan Harapan government of political hypocrisy.

“After the election, since the prime minister could not be the finance minister, what happened was that important institutions such as PNB and Khazanah, clearly the two most important GLICs in the country, were taken out (of the MOF) and transferred to the Prime Minister’s Department.

“Why was such a decision made? It’s not like we don’t have enough ministries already, so why create another ministry?

“The Economic Affairs Ministry to my mind is the Economic Planning Unit. Who decided that these transfers should transpire?” he questioned.

Meanwhile Anwar refused to take on questions related to the sex video controversy that implicated the Economic Affairs Minister, Datuk Seri Azmin Ali who is also PKR deputy president.

“We move on. Domo arigato (thank you),” Anwar told reporters at the Parliament lobby after speaking at the Malaysian Economic Symposium: Present and the Future’

He said this in dismissing questions over allegations made by Perak PKR chief Farhash Wafa Salvador Rizal Mubarak who is also his political secretary.

Farhash had claimed that his week long detention in police custody was meant to tarnish Anwar’s reputation. He also claimed that the CCTV recordings at the hotel where the sex video was allegedly recorded had been deleted.

Anwar instead told reporters to focus on the symposium that was organised by Parliament, the Back Benchers Club and the Parliament’s Reforms and Governance Caucus.