Israeli agent? I'm more concerned about welfare of the people, says PM Anwar [NSTTV]

PUTRAJAYA: Prime Minister Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim said he is unbothered by slanders thrown against him including claims of being a foreign agent of certain countries.

Rather than giving focus to the smear attempts, Anwar said he would rather focus on improving the wellbeing of the rakyat.

"I have been said, as you all know, as being an agent of many countries. I am said to be an agent of America, an agent of Israel, India and now Turkey," he said.

Anwar said this in his speech at the monthly gathering with 340 staff of the Prime Minister's Department at Dataran Perdana Putra, here, this morning.

Yesterday, PKR information chief Fahmi Fadzil said Anwar had asked the authorities to investigate any statements that were slanderous against the prime minister, including accusations of him being an Israeli agent.

Anwar called upon the civil servants to focus on their task and responsibility and not be taken in by such slander.

"We will achieve nothing with no commitment.

"Sometimes, we will feel annoyed when things that are highlighted are the shortcomings like delays and such.

"But there are outstanding dedication shown by the civil servants," he said, citing civil servants' experience and input in drafting the country's budget.

He said government officers showed determination in staying back and continuing to work up to 3am to 4am without complaining.

Anwar said he was also humbled by the level of commitment displayed by senior government officers who attended the meeting to look into cost-of-living issues on Sunday.

"I told the Chief Secretary of the Government that I wanted to meet the core team to discuss on prices of goods.

"It was during a weekend, but I felt it must be done fast out of a sense of responsibility.

"The preparations made were just amazing, and I was grateful. Here, this shows that we have a positive story (involving civil servants)," he said.

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