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Anwar Ibrahim
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Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim last night continued to shore up the spirits of PKR members by reminding those attending the party’s Federal Territory convention here that Kuala Lumpur was the birthplace of “Refomasi”. Refomasi was the “battle-cry” of the movement which took to the streets to support Anwar after he was sacked as deputy prime minister in 1998. The de-facto PKR leader, who was speaking to members at the De Palma Hotel, reminisced about the early struggles, his arrest and subsequent detention. He urged PKR members to stay the course and warned them against betraying the party, now plagued by infighting.

Anwar has been attending PKR conventions across the nation to shore up the party. He pointed out that Barisan National (BN) was almost wiped out in Kuala Lumpur in the last general elections because voters wanted to punish them and wanted change. “Change or we will undertake change on your behalf,” warned Anwar. The federal opposition leader also continued to defend his appointment as economic advisor to the Selangor government. He said the move was to aid Mentri Besar Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim defend against the continuous BN onslaught led by the prime minister, who had indicated their desire to win back Selangor.

Due to the attacks, Anwar said he had Khalid — who was formerly PKR chief for both Selangor and Kuala Lumpur — concentrate his efforts on governing the state. Besides being Ijok state lawmaker, Khalid is also member of parliament for Bandar Tun Razak, in Kuala Lumpur. Gombak MP Azmin Ali was recently appointed as Kuala Lumpur chief. The end of Anwar’s speech was marked with loud shouts of “Refomasi!.

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