Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim says he will not make any compromises when it comes to saving the people from individuals who plunder the nation’s wealth.
The Prime Minister said he had instructed the government to save the country from leaders who enrich themselves by stealing from the nation’s coffers and assets.
“That is my pledge, for better or worse, I will face it. If you want to bring me down because I fight corruption, by all means, but I am never going to compromise when it comes to cleaning up the country and saving the people from those who rob the nation.
“These are not small amounts (stolen), with government leaders, ministers and state executive councillors (involved). Keep in mind I have instructed the MACC (Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission) to act against anyone who commits corruption, especially those who keep doing it despite already being warned,” he said when launching the “Semarak Tambun Cinta Al-Quran” and breaking of fast event at the Al-Ittihadiah Mosque in Ipoh on Monday (April 10).
Anwar said as an example, the Inland Revenue Board (IRB) must not spare wealthy individuals when it came to collecting taxes in an effort to save the country from losing revenue.
“The Inland Revenue Board collects taxes from all, but individuals with billions (in assets) do not pay up or even when they do, they pay small amounts.
“Regular income earners, however, are expected to pay their taxes, so this is where we must rectify things.
“And what do the things I had just pointed out has anything to do with Ramadan? Ramadan is about self-discipline, values and morals which I am manifesting as Madani,” he said.
In this regard, the Prime Minister also performed congregational Isyak and Tarawih prayers at Ghufran Mosque, Manjoi.
He later joined a congregation of about 500 for moreh.
The Tambun MP later mingled with other members of the congregation who joined him for moreh before leaving the mosque at 9.55 pm.