Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim, the Prime Minister, has offered clarification on the unity government’s objectives, emphasizing its commitment to retaining Bumiputera privileges and focusing on pivotal areas of importance. During a CNBC interview, Anwar highlighted the potential continuation of affirmative action policies, provided they adhere to principles of efficiency, fairness, and genuine need fulfillment. He critiqued past economic strategies, especially those from previous administrations, for exploiting environmental policies to unduly advantage specific families and descendants. Anwar is resolute in addressing such imbalances.
Anwar acknowledged that while complete meritocracy might not be feasible in all contexts, similar arguments can be made for both rural areas like Sarawak and prestigious schools in Kuala Lumpur. He warned against excessive focus on racial considerations, as it can lead to animosity and unease. He clarified that policies promoting new entrepreneurs or providing quality education for the underprivileged are not just acceptable, but essential.
He confronted critics who accused him of aligning with certain party rhetoric, challenging them to identify any policy or action that genuinely discriminates against Malays or Islam. He stressed his adherence to the Malaysian Constitution, which designates Islam as the nation’s religion. Anwar underscored the importance of safeguarding religious freedom, assuring that everyone has the right to practice their faith without fear.
Anwar prioritized the fight against corruption, which he considers a significant challenge in reforming a compromised governance system. He emphasized that addressing corruption takes precedence over discussing specific policies, including Malay policies. He lamented that corrupt individuals would use their resources, power, and media influence to counter reform efforts. Anwar pointed out that racial sentiments were manipulated in the recent election, revealing the lengths to which corrupt entities would go to maintain control.