Leaders must never forget the people and their sorrows, says Anwar

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IPOH: Leaders should not forget the poor and the needy – just like the song Naan Aanaiyittal from superstar MG Ramachandran's (MGR) 1965 film Enga Veettu Pillai reminds us, says Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim.

That is why he has vowed to ensure the people are not burdened, the Prime Minister said after the song was played as he visited SJK (T) Klebang near here on Sunday (Jan 29) to witness the Tambun parliamentary constituency's Ponggal celebration.

(The MGR film was released in India on Ponggal day in 1965.)

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Anwar, who also sang part of the song before his speech, said it talked about how people who become leaders should not forget the people and the tears they have shed.

“I hope to save the country from corruption, all the money stolen, and give it back to the people,” he said as the crowd applauded.

Anwar, who is the Tambun MP, said the people at the top were the ones causing those below to fight among one another.

“The Malays are told to fight against the Chinese, the Chinese against the Indians.

“Nobody benefits from these racial fights... only the people are at the losing end,” he added.

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Anwar said that was why he came up with the Malaysia Madani concept, so that the country may progress.

“My priority is on unity, food security and safety.

“Safety not only (through) the presence of police, but also from the aspect of 'big shots' stealing money from the people.

“God willing, I will try my best, and (do everything) in my power to return the money to the people,” he said.

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Anwar also said numerous investors from the United States, Europe, China and India were showing keen interest in investing in Malaysia.

“This is good news, as with more investment, our country will progress.

“If we don’t change our ways, we will face bigger problems,” he said.

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