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Prime Minister Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim (front, second from left) attends the Meet Manir Community and Madani Unity Tour ceramah in Manir, Kuala Terengganu, on August 9, 2023. — Picture by FACEBOOK/ANWAR IBRAHIM

Kelantan not marginalised by Unity govt says Anwar

KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 10 — The Unity Government has never marginalised Kelantan, said Prime Minister Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim.

Anwar, who is also Finance Minister, said that based on the facts, Kelantan is actually the state that receives the highest allocation from the federal government.

“In fact, all important views and suggestions from the state government, such as on flood mitigation, water issues and state development, I accept and am committed to resolving them.

“This view (Kelantan being marginalised) does not follow is not based on facts. I want to reiterate, the (federal) government’s allocation (to Kelantan) is more now than when PAS and Bersatu were in the government,” he told reporters after attending the 36th Asia-Pacific Round Table Conference here today.

He was responding to a media question about a claim by PAS assistant secretary-general Mohd Syahir Sulaiman in a debate with Economy Minister Rafizi Ramli yesterday that Kelantan had never enjoyed the benefits of federalism because the state leadership was not aligned with the federal government.

Anwar said the PAS-led Kelantan government leaders, including young leaders like Syahir, should be brave to correct internal problems in addition to providing suggestions on the state’s development.

Meanwhile, commenting on media reports on former Penang Deputy Chief Minister II Dr P Ramasamy leaving  DAP, Anwar, who is also PH chairman, Anwar sais that he would contact Ramasamy to discover the truth of the matter.

“He is my friend. he understands our situation…there may be some problems, especially for the party (DAP).”

. But I hope he still plays a constructive role in helping the government with this Madani approach.”

Based on media reports today, the incumbent Perai Assemblyman had sent a letter to DAP secretary-general Anthony Loke and Penang DAP chairman Chow Kon Yeow, informing them of his intention to relinquish all posts in the party.

— Bernama

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