UMNO vice president Datuk Johari Abdul Ghani said Malaysians should give Prime Minister (PM) Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim 10 years to fix the country and he promised they would be proud of the nation afterwards.
He said the 10 Madani Economy initiatives presented by the PM last Thursday (July 27) will be successful.
“When I looked at the economic direction presented by our PM, I saw that if Barisan Nasional (BN) and Pakatan Harapan (PH) can stay friendly for the next 10 years, I believe 10 economic initiatives will definitely be achieved,” said the Titiwangsa MP.
Last Thursday, the government aimed for Malaysia to be among the world’s 30 largest economies in the medium term. The Finance Minister labelled his proposals as the “Madani Economy,” which aligns with the broader vision of “Madani Malaysia”.
According to Johari, a country will achieve success through good direction and planning and it will be achieved if there is political stability in the country.
Since Anwar took over as PM, his government has faced some tremors of instability with rumours that 10 UMNO MPs were ready to cross to the opposition.
However, the plan failed to materialise, perhaps due to the possible legal consequences of the anti-hopping law.
Since then, the country has seen some stability. However, with state polls looming, there are concerns that a defeat of the PH-BN alliance could potentially destabilise the federal government.
At least this is what the Perikatan Nasional (PN) opposition is telling the public.
Despite that, Johari made a pointed remark directed at PAS saying, “There is a state in the northern part of the country where its residents have had to seek employment opportunities abroad.
“They have been given the opportunity to govern a state for over 30 years, but what happened to that state?”
He added that PAS complained that they have been oppressed by the central government but then Selangor was also ‘suppressed’ by the government when PH won in the state.
“They say their government is different from the central government. They are oppressed by the center.
“I asked them, how many terms has Selangor been run by PH and yet Selangor has become the strongest economy in the country?” Harapan Daily quoted him as saying. – July 30, 2023
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