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HomeMalaysia NewsAnwar Criticizes PN's Slogans Over People's Welfare, Advocates Policy Action

Anwar Criticizes PN’s Slogans Over People’s Welfare, Advocates Policy Action

Pakatan Harapan (PH) Chairman Anwar Ibrahim has taken Perikatan Nasional (PN) to task for prioritizing slogans over addressing the real concerns of the people during their time in power. Anwar pointed out that pressing issues such as corruption and the soaring cost of living were not effectively tackled during PN’s governance, which lasted from March 2020 to November 2022. He accused PN of focusing on racial and religious rhetoric to secure electoral victories when they were in the opposition.

While campaigning in Johor ahead of the upcoming by-elections for the Pulai parliamentary seat and the Simpang Jeram state assembly seat on September 9, Anwar questioned PN’s accomplishments while in federal government. He queried whether the Malay language was promoted, Islam strengthened, or corruption reduced during their tenure, asserting that slogans have taken precedence over people’s needs in contemporary politics.

Anwar highlighted the drop in chicken prices since the unity coalition assumed power last year, attributing this positive change to the efforts of the late Salahuddin Ayub, former domestic trade and cost of living minister, who had held both the Pulai and Simpang Jeram seats. He praised Salahuddin as a diligent minister who empathized with the people’s struggles and consistently proposed measures to alleviate their cost of living burdens.

Dismissing claims that increased electricity tariffs negatively impacted livelihoods, Anwar clarified that the new rates were targeted primarily at the high-income group, sparing the general populace. He further criticized PN for disregarding the issues faced by Sultanah Aminah Hospital, including inadequate parking facilities and insufficient rooms. Anwar announced an immediate allocation of RM500 million for hospital upgrades, including the construction of a multi-storey car park and additional high-rise buildings, during his visit to the hospital today.