Reflecting on his inaugural year as Prime Minister, Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim has shown unwavering commitment to combat corruption and address the people’s concerns through initiatives like “Payung Rahmah.” In his inaugural address a year ago, Anwar pledged to tackle issues such as the escalating cost of living while prioritizing good governance. Over the past twelve months, Anwar, alongside the Unity Government Cabinet, has made notable strides in navigating both domestic and global challenges to steer Malaysia towards its goal of becoming a developed nation.
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Anwar’s steadfast dedication to the welfare of the people is evident in his early decisions, including forgoing his prime ministerial salary and securing a 20% monthly salary reduction for Cabinet members until economic recovery is achieved. This move, Anwar emphasized, aimed to rebuild public confidence in his administration and demonstrate empathy for those grappling with financial and social hardships exacerbated by the cost of living.
Assuming leadership amid a national debt of RM1.5 trillion, Anwar faced multifaceted challenges, particularly in steering the nation through the post-recovery phase of the Covid-19 pandemic. Political analyst Dr. G. Manimaran acknowledges Anwar’s resilience, stating, “Anwar is the country’s Prime Minister who had to face huge challenges during the first year of his appointment as Prime Minister and formed the government due to various developments in the country and globally.”
Anwar’s unwavering stance against corruption became apparent as he initiated administrative reforms and cracked down on corruption, instilling a sense of fear among wrongdoers. Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) Chief Commissioner Tan Sri Azam Baki commended Anwar’s high political will and determination to combat corruption at the highest level, marking a significant aspect of the Prime Minister’s first-year accomplishments.