Focus on the economy, not PM transition, Umno Youth tells Pakatan leaders

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  • Monday, 15 Jul 2019

KUALA LUMPUR: Umno Youth calls on Pakatan Harapan leaders to stop pressuring Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad to step down.

Its chief, Datuk Dr Asyraf Wajdi Dusuki (pic), said the focus should be on economic revival, and not leadership transition.

"People are more worried about economic woes affecting their livelihood. People are not bothered about the leadership transition, or who will replace whom.

"So, stop pressing the Prime Minister to step down, and start brainstorming ways to overcome the economic situation," he said after chairing the Umno Youth executive council meeting on Monday (July 15).

He said Pakatan Harapan should focus on strategies to revive the economy, rather than wasting public time and resources bickering over leadership transition.

He said this in response to Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim and his supporters' claim that Dr Mahathir would step down "as agreed".

Kedah Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Mukhriz Mahathir, who is also the Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia deputy president, had said there were no written or verbal agreements on the timeframe for leadership transition.

Anwar was still serving time in prison when Dr Mahathir led Pakatan Harapan to victory in the 14th General Election.

Asyraf said Umno Youth would actively demand affirmative action to address bread-and-butter issues.

He said more and more people were complaining to Umno that they were losing jobs.

"Even Masters degree holders are driving Grab after losing their jobs.

"Pakatan Harapan has failed to fulfil its election promises to create more jobs. More and more people are losing jobs," he said.

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