Consensus politics will benefit the rakyat

PETALING JAYA: An inclusive and bipartisan approach among lawmakers will mark the end of “confrontational and endless politicking” as the nation moves toward recovering from the Covid-19 pandemic, says Tan Sri Annuar Musa.

“Such a consensus will change the nation’s political landscape from one that is confrontational... to cooperation and togetherness among elected representatives for the sake of the rakyat,” the Communications and Multimedia Minister said in a statement yesterday.

He said that such an understanding would cut across the political divide by prioritising the needs of the rakyat and nation.

“Cabinet members have agreed by way of consensus that the government must invite the Opposition to be with us as we need to prioritise the rakyat and nation,” he said.

He added that the current administration felt that it must be magnanimous by extending an invitation to the Opposition to collectively help the rakyat as the country transits from a pandemic to an endemic phase of Covid-19 under the National Recovery Plan.

Annuar said the approach taken by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob would also lead to more mature politics.

“This government places the rakyat as the main priority and is firm in setting aside politicking for the welfare of all, irrespective of political understanding,” he said.

Annuar added that such an inclusive approach was in line with the Malaysian Family concept to help rebuild the nation.

He also welcomed the statement issued on Saturday by Pakatan Harapan leaders accepting the government’s gesture of goodwill.

He said he hoped the Opposition’s acceptance would become a reality soon to allow the rakyat to focus on their daily lives and help regenerate the economy.

On Aug 25, Ismail Sabri and Pakatan Harapan leaders arrived at a consensus to work together in dealing with the pandemic.

Last Friday, PKR president Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim, DAP secretary-general Lim Guan Eng and Parti Amanah Negara president Mohamad Sabu had another meeting at the Prime Minister’s Office.

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