Prime Minister Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim emphasizes that the distribution of government aid should not be associated with political parties’ names or logos. Anwar asserts that aid must be disbursed in the government’s name, maintaining campaign ethics during the Pulai and Simpang Jeram by-elections. He discusses this matter with Johor Menteri Besar Datuk Onn Hafiz Ghazi to ensure compliance with Election Commission (EC) regulations. Anwar also applauds the late Datuk Seri Salahuddin Ayub’s initiatives for easing people’s burdens and urges a continued focus on public welfare.
He underscores the significance of adhering to campaign ethics and respecting the Election Commission’s (EC) regulations, particularly during the campaign period leading up to the Pulai and Simpang Jeram by-elections.
In a conversation with Johor Menteri Besar Datuk Onn Hafiz Ghazi, Anwar asserts, “We must make sure there is no breach and that we fully respect the rules set by the EC. Additionally, a matter of concern has arisen regarding the distribution of government aid using party logos, a practice that we cannot permit.”
The previous Perikatan Nasional government, along with instances within the unity government, had at times distributed government aid with party logos, an approach that Anwar unequivocally deems inappropriate. He maintains that government aid must be administered under the government’s name, safeguarding the neutrality and integrity of the support extended to the people.
Anwar’s statements came following his participation in a Kenduri Rakyat event, which included the presentation of Bakul Rahmah aid to residents of Taman Dahlia. The ceremony also saw the attendance of Johor Menteri Besar Onn Hafiz and Deputy Minister of Domestic Trade and Cost of Living, Fuziah Salleh.
In his address, Anwar commends the efforts of the late Datuk Seri Salahuddin Ayub in introducing initiatives like the Payung Rahmah to alleviate the financial burdens faced by the people. He reaffirms the government’s commitment to initiatives that benefit citizens and emphasizes that their focus lies in improving people’s lives rather than sowing discord among communities.
Anwar pays tribute to Salahuddin’s dedication to reducing the cost of living and urges that this spirit be continued, reinforcing the government’s commitment to serving the people’s best interests.
The Pulai parliamentary and Simpang Jeram state seats’ nomination is slated for August 26, with early voting and the polling date scheduled for September 5 and 9, respectively. These by-elections hold significant implications for the region’s political landscape.