‘Govt will look after citizens’

All smiles: Lim and Anwar being greeted by DAP members at the party’s 2019 national congress. — Bernama

SHAH ALAM: PKR president Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim assured Malay­sians that the Pakatan Harapan government will always uphold the people’s best interests and welfare.

He said he and his Pakatan colleagues could ensure that the promises made by the coalition during the last general election would be met.

“We must honour our commitment to the people.

“We were given the mandate under that premise and we will continue to defend every single citizen of this country.

“No one should feel marginalised or neglected,’’ he said in his speech at DAP’s 2019 national congress here yesterday.

Anwar called for needs-based policies revolving around the people’s welfare and requirements so that they could reach every Malaysian.

He said there should not be policies that were perceived to encompass everyone, but then “forget the smallholders, poor fishermen and estate workers that still need to be helped”.

According to him, Pakatan cannot talk about needs-based policies if it failed to implement policies that provided comfort to all Malaysians, especially the poor and marginalised.

He said one of the reasons certain segments of the society were overlooked was because the government did not relay information and clarification to them clearly.

“Just like in any country when there’s a transition from an old corrupted and discriminatory system to a new democratic system, there will be problems,’’ he said.

Anwar said it would be best for the Pakatan leadership to recognise this problem and try to solve it properly and reasonably.

He also explained that it was not easy to change policies that had been accepted by the people for over half a century.

However, Pakatan must remain confident and not cave in and make the mistake of defaulting on its GE14 manifesto promises due to pressure or temporary surprises, he added.

He said the people would continue to support Pakatan as the government if the ruling coalition stayed true to its struggles, was transparent and clean, not arrogant and crave for power.

“We have to maintain our stand and Pakatan Harapan has to render strong support to Tun’s (Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad) leadership as well as continue with the national agendas we have promised the people,’’ said Anwar.


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