GENEVA: The Pakatan Harapan government wants Malaysia to be known globally as a country of integrity and its anti-corruption drive, Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail said.
She said the government had taken several initiatives after winning the 14th general election last year by setting up the Governance, Integrity and Anti-Corruption Centre (GIACC) as well as the National Anti-Corruption Plan 2019 -2023 on Jan 28.
“We have to be thrifty. But we will also not neglect the welfare of the people. We want to see that after this, our country would be well governed,” she said when speaking at a breaking of fast function with Malaysians here on Tuesday.
Dr Wan Azizah is on a three-day working visit to Switzerland that started on Tuesday, to head the Malaysian delegation to the sixth Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction.
She said the initiatives would be the foundation for change as pledged by the Pakatan government. She added that it may not be felt by some people as it was difficult to change their mindset after they had been under the previous government for more than 60 years.
At the function, which was attended by members of the Malaysian community serving various international bodies here, Dr Wan Azizah congratulated Malaysians for choosing to change the government on May 9 last year.
“Congratulations to all as this is one of the things we have succeeded in doing together. If the people had not changed the government on May 9, last year, we would
not have been able to change our fate. The people are the real fighters, especially those who are abroad,” she said.
She said Malaysians should be proud for changing the government in a peaceful and orderly manner without any bloodshed.
Meanwhile, she said in a statement that climate change is largely influenced by human activity and that the family institution plays an important role in helping the world address the issue.
She said families should pay attention to this phenomenon as the effects of climate change such as depletion of the ozone layer, increased carbon dioxide emissions, reduction of green areas, sea and river pollution would affect them.
Dr Wan Azizah, who is also Women, Family and Community Development Minister, said the government through the National Population and Family Development Board would further strengthen the role of families and communities in promoting environmental awareness.
“Through the Family and Community Empowerment (FACE) programme which had been introduced to 33 selected communities nationwide, eight domains of intervention would be implemented. Among them is one related to housing and the environment,” she said.
According to her, this was in line with the objectives of the Sustainable Development Goals 2030 and in conjunction with International Day of Families observed on May 15 annually by the United Nations with this year’s theme being Families and Climate Action.
Dr Wan Azizah said the theme was in line with the government’s efforts to embrace environmental protection practices among families and communities, thus enhancing environmental sustainability. — Bernama