Bersatu wonders who will finance Anwar if he declines salary as PM

KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysians have been asked not to be fooled by PKR president Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim who had pledged not to take a salary as prime minister if Pakatan Harapan (PH) wins the 15th General Election (GE15).

Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (Bersatu) information chief Datuk Wan Saiful Wan Jan said Anwar had raised doubts as to how an opposition chief would have acquired wealth to the extent of rejecting a salary if given the chance to govern the country.

"Someone who wants to be a prime minister says if (he) takes on the role, he does not want a salary. It is as if he is committed to assist the people.

"Let us not be cheated. If he is so wealthy that he can afford a luxurious life without a salary, where does he get the money? Who is secretly financing him to the point he has so much money?

"How much wealth has he accumulated that he can afford to reject a given monthly salary just like that," he said in a statement.

Anwar, who is PH chairman, had said he would cut the salary and allowances of the prime minister if the coalition is given the mandate to form the next federal government in GE15.

The Port Dickson incumbent member of parliament was reported as saying he was unwilling to take a salary due to the current economic situation.

Saiful cautioned the people that the country will be marred with various graft issues if a prime minister is supported by a tycoon.

"We must be reminded that if a prime minister depended on a tycoon for a living as well as his family, corruption will reign in our country," he said.

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