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(from left to right) Prime Minister Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim, the Yang di-Pertuan Agong Al-Sultan Abdullah Ri’ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah, the Raja Permaisuri Agong Tunku Hajah Azizah Aminah Maimunah Iskandariah, and Bandar Tun Razak MP Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail, following Anwar swearing-in and appointment ceremony as Malaysia’s 10th Prime Minister, at Istana Negara, Kuala Lumpur, on November 24, 2022. — Picture by BERNAMA

PM Anwar welcomes all parties to conditionally join unity govt

By Jerry Choong

SHAH ALAM, Nov 24 — Prime Minister Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim has said he welcomes all political parties in Malaysia to join the newly-formed unity government, but subject to conditions.

He said as the prime minister, representing everybody in the nation, he is prepared to accept the participation of other parties in order to unite Malaysia.

“However, under my administration as PM, I will not compromise with bribery and corruption. This must be upheld, and is also our condition (for those seeking to join) in forming a unity government in Malaysia,” Anwar said.

He was speaking at the press conference tonight, following his prime ministerial swearing-in and appointment ceremony earlier in the evening.

The Tambun MP also extended his invitation to Perikatan Nasional (PN), even as he noted its chairman Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin had made statements which were ‘discouraging’ as it sought to dispute the unity government’s numbers and validity.

“So I ask PN to consider if they are ready to support this government (on the conditions) which is now stable and strong, so as to dignify the nation and its people.

“My main focus now is on the economy. I am thankful investors’ sentiments have also changed, with a strengthening ringgit and a fresher stock market.

“We must do whatever it takes to revive the economy, so the welfare of the people, especially the poor n marginalised, will not be sidelined,” he said.

Anwar also addressed instances of ‘mudslinging’ and ‘scurrilous attacks’ during the 15th general election’s (GE15) campaigning period, which led him to reiterate the unity government will respect the Constitutional guarantees.

“I must state as a matter of fact that my administration will continue to respect the primacy of Bahasa Malaysia as the national language, Islam as the Federation’s official, religion, the special privileges of the Malays, and the position of the Malay Rulers.

“But every Malaysian, regardless of ethnicity, religion or regional origin, will not be marginalised under my administration,” Anwar said.

Following a five-day impasse in the wake of GE15 on November 19, Anwar was appointed as Malaysia’s 10th Prime Minister by the Yang di-Pertuan Agong Al-Sultan Abdullah Ri’ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah this evening.

His Majesty convened a special meeting of the Conference of Rulers at Istana Negara earlier in the day, so as to seek their views and efforts on the formation of a unity government.

This process enabled the King to decide on an MP who, in His Majesty’s opinion, commands the majority support of members of the Dewan Rakyat to be the Prime Minister.

After considering the opinions of the Malay Rulers, Al-Sultan Abdullah consented to appoint Anwar as Prime Minister, in line with the powers vested upon His Majesty under Articles 40(2)(a) and 43(2)(a) of the Federal Constitution.

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