In a resolute declaration at the PKR Congress held at the Putrajaya International Convention Centre, Deputy President Rafizi Ramli quashed concerns surrounding the dwindling approval ratings of party president and Prime Minister Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim. Brushing aside the dip in popularity, Rafizi asserted that such fluctuations were standard for any government approaching the midpoint of its term.
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Rafizi elucidated that until May, Anwar’s popularity had soared, buoyed by the successful implementation of government policies such as the Madani Economy framework and the National Energy Transition Roadmap. Dismissing the notion that the fall in approval was a lasting trend, Rafizi revealed a resurgence in Anwar’s popularity during September, October, and November, aligning with the positive reception of recent government initiatives.
Branding PKR as a “unity government” with unwavering stability and growing public support, Rafizi asserted that concerns over Anwar’s approval ratings were unwarranted. In a bold contrast, he asserted that the federal Opposition coalition Perikatan Nasional (PN), including its component party Bersatu, was grappling with internal strife as it convened its sixth annual general meeting in Shah Alam, Selangor. Characterizing the Opposition as “in tatters,” Rafizi expressed skepticism about PN’s ability to sustain the momentum it had gained, particularly after the August state elections in Selangor, Negeri Sembilan, Penang, Kedah, Kelantan, and Terengganu.
Rafizi attributed PN’s previous momentum to projections rather than tangible post-election achievements. He singled out Bersatu, highlighting its relatively fortunate position as a new party that had not weathered the challenges of federal Opposition since its inception. In stark contrast, Rafizi’s unwavering confidence in PKR’s trajectory underlined the party’s resilience and ability to weather the ebb and flow of political tides.