Give Anwar time to fix economy, says Sultan Ibrahim


PETALING JAYA: More time should be given to Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim to improve the country’s economy, says Sultan Ibrahim ibni Almarhum Sultan Iskandar.

The Johor Ruler said he recognises the financial challenges facing Anwar’s administration.

“Anwar only came to realise the government’s financial distress after taking office. I believe he needs more time,” His Majesty said in an interview published in Sin Chew Daily yesterday.

The Ruler expressed relief that Anwar’s visit to China earlier this year brought back many positive outcomes.

The delegation led by the Prime Minister made an official visit to China from March 29 to April 1.

The visit saw Malaysia securing RM170bil worth of investment commitments from China.

Johor is getting a big slice of the cake, with RM80bil of investment from China’s largest petrochemical company Rongsheng Petrochemical Co Ltd.

Sultan Ibrahim said he has a good relationship with Anwar and they often spoke about the market and current events.

Admitting that he wants more developments for Johor, Sultan Ibrahim said Malaysia must have investor-friendly and practical visa requirements.

Citing the Malaysia My Second Home programme, the Sultan said he raised his concerns recently with the relevant minister that the current unfriendly policies must be improved upon.

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