THE 14th Dalai Lama Tenzin Gyatso has offered his congratulations to Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim following his appointment as the country’s 10th prime minister yesterday (Nov 24).
In a statement issued by his office in Dharamsala, India, the Tibetan Buddhism spiritual leader said that he had the pleasure of visiting Malaysia in 1982 when he was invited to speak on peace and universal responsibility.
“I was also happy to have the opportunity of exchanging views with the late prime minister Tunku Abdul Rahman and other leaders,” the Dalai Lama remarked.
Noting that these are “very challenging times”, he further expressed his hope that Malaysia will continue to prosper and “make a significant contribution to the peace and stability” of an increasingly inter-connected world.
“I wish you every success in meeting the challenges that lie ahead in fulfilling the hopes and aspirations of the people of Malaysia,” he said, ending his congratulatory message by offering his prayers and good wishes.
Similarly, congratulatory messages had also poured in from royals and leaders from both sides of the political divide for the newly-minted prime minister.
Johor Ruler Sultan Ibrahim Ibni Almarhum Sultan Iskandar and Tunku Mahkota Johor Tunku Ismail Ibni Sultan Ibrahim were among the first to do so.
“Congratulations YAB Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim upon his appointment as (the) 10th Malaysian Prime Minister,” wrote the Johor crown prince on his HRH Crown Prince of Johor Facebook page.
Former prime minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob, too, offered his congratulations to his successor and extended his appreciation to the Yang di-Pertuan Agong for Anwar’s appointment.
“Congratulations to YAB Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim on this appointment,” he said in a statement. “I pray the new government will be able to continue political stability and preserve economic stability.”
The former prime minister went on to thank his “Keluarga Malaysia” and civil servants for their support during his time in office, especially in overcoming challenges and ensuring that Malaysia was on the right track for political and economic recovery. – Nov 25, 2022