Govt's reform agenda shows political will to help the people, says Anwar

'Benefits of reform need to reach the people effectively,' Anwar (centre) said at the PKR 25th Annual Convention in Shah Alam on April 21. He is pictured here with party deputy president Rafizi Ramli (left) and secretary-general Datuk Seri Saifuddin Nasution Ismail. – BERNAMApic

KUALA LUMPUR: The reform agenda of the Madani government is a commitment to help people in need regardless of their political leanings, says Prime Minister Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim.

Citing the Rahmah Cash Aid (STR) as an example, he said the government provided up to RM10bil this year compared to RM8bil last year, benefitting nine million Malaysians.

"(Besides) for the Sumbangan Asas Rahmah (Sara), we increased it fivefold from RM130mil last year to RM700mil.

"(As for) aid for school students, from Year One to Form Five, all Malay, Chinese and Indian students, including those in Sabah and Sarawak, will (benefit) from the 2024 allocation amounting to RM800mil," he said in his presidential message at PKR's 25th Annual Convention here on Sunday (April 21).

He said the government also saw to the welfare of civil servants through a review of the Public Service Remuneration System (SSPA) with recommendations for improvements that will be announced on May 1.

According to the Prime Minister, this is why the government implemented the Central Database Hub (Padu) to provide assistance to those who deserve it.

"This is what is called reform. I want to advise my friends who are a bit cynical about reform, to understand the benefit of this reform (needs) to reach the poor, farm workers, fishermen in villages, Malay smallholders, Indians in estates, civil servants, effectively," he said.

After the special convention, the highlight of PKR's Silver Jubilee celebration will be held on May 11 at the 25th Anniversary Keadailan Night programme at Sentul Depot, Kuala Lumpur.

The celebration is scheduled to last the whole day culminating in the president's message from Anwar. – Bernama

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