GEORGE TOWN: DAP secretary-general Lim Guan Eng said yesterday Malaysians generally did not think that Pakatan Raykat de facto leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim was a threat to the nation.
He said the people of Permatang Pauh especially liked Anwar and that was why they elected him in the by-election on Aug 26.
"Of course, Anwar is a threat but only to Barisan Nasional and Umno. He is also a threat to the position of the prime minister."
Lim, the Penang chief minister, was asked to comment on Prime Minister Da-tuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi's statement that Anwar was creating a negative effect on the government and the economy.
Lim congratulated Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak for being appointed as the finance minister and Abdullah for taking over the Defence Ministry.
"I look forward to a constructive working relationship with him (Najib)."
He added that he would seek an appointment with Najib to brief the latter on areas in which the Federal and state governments could work together.