Pakatan Rakyat will not allow its leaders to award contracts to their children or cronies, should it form the federal government.

At the same time, it will break up monopolies in the gas, oil and alcoholic beverage sectors that are already in the hands of the children of those who have held political power.

PKR de facto leader Anwar Ibrahim, denying he is trading blows with former premier Dr Mahathir Mohamad on this issue, said the Pakatan decision has nothing to do with vengeance.

NONE"We will not allow the use of Malay issues to lift their sons to become among the richest in Malaysia (by being an adviser), richer than any (other) Malay, Chinese, Indian, Dayak or Kadazan. This cannot be condoned," he said.

"This is because such practices could have elements of corruption, abuse of power and cronyism. It is proof of cronyism when the son of the PM is among the richest in Malaysia - among the top 10."

Mahathir had recently taken another trademark swipe at PKR, describing it as a party comprising Anwar's children.

Anwar retorted that Mahathir is sufficient proof of someone who has used his power to lift his children to become billionaires.

He said this is not only the problem with Mahathir, but with Umno ministers who have awarded contracts to their children and Wanita Umno leaders who have been allocated land, for example.

Such practices will have to stop, he said.

Financing manifesto from leakages

On the manifesto, he said it is a policy or promise which Pakatan intends to commit and that this will be the framework.

There will be an open tender, he said, and the Pakatan state governments had proven that we can reduce the costs of projects with proper and transparent implementation.

"For example, in Selangor and in Penang, the roads are constructed with 30 percent costs (compared to other BN states) and this shows that we could reduce the costs and save money to prevent leakages.

Quizzed on where the money could come from if Pakatan wants to implement its manifesto, Anwar said that the details would come later, but he replied that it is from plugging in the leakages, excessive spending and the unnecessary corruption.

Pointing at the Auditor-General's Report, the opposition leader noted that there had been billions of ringgit leaked out.

"If we are tough on corruption and transparency there would be enough to cover the various excesses and losses. For example, if we tender out the AP (approved permit) we can recoup it back by opening a tender to gain the RM2 billion.

"We will not implement punitive tax policies, but our aim is to help reduce the public burden arising from rising accommodations and transportation," he said.

Anwar lifted out satellite broadcast company Astro as an example of another monopoly, as a company that usually charges exorbitant fees, but lowers its subscription prices if the company was facing competition.

~ Malaysiakini