Sunday, August 31, 2008

Anwar: MPs won’t be lured with money nor threats - Star


PKR adviser Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim says he will be busy the next few weeks meeting MPs from Sabah, Sarawak and peninsular Malaysia to discuss matters pertaining to the proposed crossover of MPs to Pakatan Rakyat.

Anwar said he would spend time to fully concentrate on the meetings to prove his critics wrong about the possible crossover.

He was speaking at a luncheon yesterday with residents of Kampung Pelet in Permatang Pauh,

Later, after a tea reception with residents in Taman Sama Gagah, he told reporters that Pakatan would not use money, force or blackmail to attract Barisan MPs to cross over.

He said the coalition would not resort to unethical and illegal ways to lure the MPs, noting that none of them had been promised any ministerial post.

“Why should I promise them, when I myself am not sure where I will be (in the leadership when Pakatan takes rule of the country),” said the new Permatang Pauh MP.

He was asked to comment on whether his target to get 30 Barisan MPs to cross over to Pakatan Rakyat by Sept 16 would become a reality.

Anwar said Pakatan could only promise to be fair to all MPs and give them adequate representation in the new government.

He also said the MPs were mature enough to think for themselves.

“The MPs can see the trend among the people who are demanding a change by rejecting corruption, injustice and narrow-minded politics.

“That is why they are keen on making a decision to support a party that is fair to all races,” he added.

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