PORT DICKSON: Cabinet members should not misuse their powers and privileges, and this extends to their conduct during by-election campaigns, says Port Dickson by-election candidate Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim.
This would help to ensure a fair by-election, as well as to uphold the promises made by Pakatan Harapan to the rakyat, Anwar said to a crowd of about 150 people at Bagan Pinang last night.
Anwar said his wife Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail, currently the country’s Deputy Prime Minister, had not announced any development projects for Port Dickson.
He said this was unlike before where ministers and politicians would come to launch events and subsequently announce projects for the constituencies during elections or by-elections campaigns.
Speaking from his personal experience as Deputy Prime Minister in the 90s, Anwar said when he went to enrol his daughter Nurul Izzah Anwar into a local university, he did not use a government vehicle to get there.
“I drove my own car. I did not use the government car, but the escorts (police outriders) wanted to follow and I couldn’t refuse, as they were worried about safety.
“So I would like to remind those in the government now (not to misuse their powers),” he said.
Anwar said he even declined a scholarship that Nurul Izzah was offered at university, as he felt there were other students who were in need of such assistance.
He said although Nurul Izzah qualified for the scholarship through her own merits, academically, he wanted to fund his daughter’s education on his own.
“I asked the university if the scholarship was given to everyone, and they said not everyone got it.
“So I refused it, because I knew a poor fisherman’s child could be deprived of the opportunity to continue his or her education, as there would be no scholarship.
“I know and have seen this only too well.
“Even when I was in prison for many years, I saw how some became prison wardens or staff because they could not afford to continue their studies,” said the PKR-president elect.