Anwar: Reform should prioritise public approval, avoid rush

KUALA LUMPUR: Prime Minister Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim said that reform should not be implemented in a rush and with public approval as its top priority.

During a special interview "Setahun Bersama Kerajaan Madani: Tiwikrama Perdana Menteri", he said that there were western countries which quickened the reform actions but ended up destroying its governing system.

He said that one should not be rushing to implement reform and neglecting the issues related to the people.

"There is no question (of reform) related to the coalition parties but it is where we can do it immediately or we do up to our ability.

"We faced previous calamity during Pakatan Harapan (PH) time when the government wanted to ratify Rome Statute and ICERD (International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination).

"It was not explained to the people, not presented to the public office and no negotiations were done with the Conference of Rulers.

"In the end, the government received a reflection of the negative feelings," he said today.

Anwar said that the unity government's reforms must be carried out intelligently and with a focus on good governance.

This includes the non-interference with the judicial system and also the enforcement bodies such as the Malaysian Anti Corruption Commission (MACC) in matters of corruption.

He claimed that some parties, despite the fact that it ultimately makes people poorer, normalised corruption.

"I am very strict on this; everyone in the party, whether PKR, PH, Umno, GPS (Gabungan Parti Sarawak), or GRS (Gabungan Rakyat Sabah), backed it, and I never had any issues with them about it.

"The consensus is for us to drive the country's economy, bring more results through new discipline and approach," he said.

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