Aug 23, 2008

Khairy: 'Anwar will sell the country'

(NST) He said Anwar would also immediately sign a Free Trade Agreement with the United States.

"He would also agree with US intentions to set up a naval base in Sabah. I obtained all this information from very reliable sources," said Khairy at a ceramah at the Barisan Nasional Youth operation centre near here.

"We would like to know how Anwar is obtaining huge funds for his by-election campaign. Just look at the posters. I'm sure it would have cost him millions. We do not want him to sell off the country.

"If PKR is in power for the next five years, I'm sure they can sell the country. Anwar is a hypocrite of the highest order."

Khairy also lambasted Parti Keadilan Rakyat for the way its members and supporters behaved on nomination day for the by-election.

"PKR claimed that Umno practises the samseng culture. However, they are the ones who resort to such methods as could be clearly seen on nomination day and in Anwar's campaigns."

Khairy said although he did not want to resort to personal attacks, he had to bring up certain issues regarding Anwar as it involved his credibility as a leader.

"We are talking about the future of the country and we want a leader who is credible and responsible to the people."

He said Anwar claimed corruption was practised by the BN leaders but it was during his time as finance minister that many of hiscronies had benefited.

Khairy said the BN government was committed to fighting corruption and this was obvious when, three years ago, Perak executive council member Datuk Azman Mahalan was charged with corruption although he was a good friend of the prime minister.

He also claimed he had been informed that Pas no longer trusted Anwar and did not want him as the prime minister.

"Pas is not here to campaign for Anwar. They have rejected him. It is just that they are reluctant to inform him of their decision."

Khairy said he was willing to resign as Umno Youth deputy head on Sept 16 if Anwar fulfils his promise of being able to form the new government.

"However, if he fails to do so, he must then be willing to resign as PKR de facto leader," he added.

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