Anwar makes first speech since returning to Parliament

KUALA LUMPUR: A reform agenda is imperative to ensure the country moves beyond its old and obsolete ways, says Port Dickson MP Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim.

In his first speech since his return to Parliament, Anwar said it was vital for the Pakatan Harapan government to carry out these reforms – but said that they cannot do it alone.

"Reformation is a big commitment and it involves everyone in the leadership as well as the government machinery.

"The younger generation may not understand the nuances of reformation. For them, what matters are the promises delivered such as job opportunities, proper housing and rising cost of goods that must be tackled by the government.

"But what the Prime Minister (Datuk Seri Mahathir Mohamad) has stressed on is a reformation of everything to rebuild key institutions.

"Our assumption that old institutions can still be used, therefore, does not hold water," he said on Monday (Oct 29) while debating on the Mid-term Review of the 11th Malaysia Plan.

Anwar, who is PKR president-elect, hoped that efforts and steps taken show not only the recklessness of the old system but also on how reformation can take place in the legal system, the judiciary and all government institutions.

"I urge ministers and government agencies to … understand that the demands from the Prime Minister are the demands of the rakyat as they are fed up with the old system," he said.

Anwar also said that the 11th Malaysia Plan provided some avenues for the poor and needy.

However, the worries and the needs of others, regardless of race, should not be left behind on the excuse of economic challenges.

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