‘Follow the federal lead’


Anwar Ibrahim joking with Perak state exco members during a meeting with them. Also present is Perak Mentri Besar Ahmad Faizal Azumu (second from right). - SAIFUL BAHRI/The Star

DATUK Seri Anwar Ibrahim has called upon all Pakatan Harapan-led state governments to take heed of Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad’s example of taking a pay cut.

Anwar said Pakatan leaders in state governments should also “take the lead” as they aim for good governance of the states.

“At the federal level, Dr Mahathir has announced a 10% pay cut for Cabinet ministers.

“I also urge all state governments to follow this example,” he said after meeting with Perak Mentri Besar Ahmad Faizal Azumu and the state’s executive councillors recently.

On whether the Pakatan state governments need to reform some state government-linked companies, Anwar said the mentris besar will need to look into this.

“The GLCs are not the problem, there are some that are good.

“I don’t have negative perceptions towards all GLCs though some at federal level have proven that they are wasteful, redundant and paid out excessive allowances to political figures.

“That needs to be stopped,” he said.

“The mentri besar can also keep faith in some government officers to continue their good work,” he added.

Anwar also advised the mentris besar and their state excos to take their time to ensure the states are governed properly.

“They need not rush their decisions or take actions to exact revenge.

“They should do things purely in the interest of good governance to ensure no wastage or abuse of privilege,” he said.

On his meeting with Ahmad Faizal and his team of excos, Anwar said he believes in their capabilities.

“I only reminded them to fulfil their promises to the people as they are carrying their aspirations,” he said.

Anwar also said he met with the Sultan of Perak Sultan Nazrin Muizzuddin Shah, prior to meeting Ahmad Faizal.

“I am happy that he maintains a good relationship with the state government.

“He gave his advice on how to further develop the state,” he added.

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