Don't test my patience, says Anwar to PKR detractors

Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) president Anwar Ibrahim speaks at the Perak PKR convention in Kuala Kangsar on Dec 3, 2019.
Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) president Anwar Ibrahim speaks at the Perak PKR convention in Kuala Kangsar on Dec 3, 2019.PHOTO: BERNAMA

KUALA KANGSAR (THE STAR/ASIA NEWS NETWORK) - Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim will not allow anyone to paint a picture that the party is weak.

Speaking at Perak PKR's 20th Convention at Dewan Jubilee on Tuesday (Dec 3), the PKR president said he was a patient man but there was a limit to it.

"There are some people who say my patience level is almost godlike. I can accept comments and ideas from the people but if someone says that the party is weak, I will not have it. Don't test me."

"As long as I'm party president, I will defend the party," he added.

Mr Anwar also called on party leaders, especially Cabinet ministers, to go down to the ground to know what was actually happening.

He said they needed to hear the problems of the people, regardless of race.

Mr Anwar also called on the people not to waste time fighting each other over racial issues.

"People need to be smart. Why fight?"

"Don't be a tool while some Datuk Seri or Tan Sri continues to seek riches," he said.

 
 
 
 

Mr Anwar also said that the government needs to ensure the country's economy grows.

"For 10 years, it has not improved. When our revenue stagnates, we cannot give back to the people," he said.

"Vietnam has also overtaken us, which was why we needed to bring down the previous government to bring changes," he added.

Also present at the convention were state PKR chairman Farhash Wafa Salvador Rizal Mubarak; PKR vice-president and Deputy Health Minister Lee Boon Chye; Water, Land and Natural Resources Minister A. Xavier Jayakumar; Sungai Siput MP S. Kesavan; state executive council member Tan Kar Hing and Teja assemblyman Sandrea Ng.

At a separate press conference, Farhash was asked about the possibility of having two parallel party congresses this weekend.

He said there was only a small group of people creating friction within the party.

"We will see later, with the attendance in Melaka. It will be clear then, that we are all strongly behind the party and the president," he added.

It was reported that one would be opened by Mr Anwar in Melaka while another, purportedly by party deputy president Azmin Ali's camp, would be held in Kuala Lumpur.

A poster for a two-day event in Kuala Lumpur is also making its round on social media.