All 18 year old youngsters will automatically be voters and politicians have to accept their idealism –PM Ismail

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KUALA LUMPUR: Whether the 15th General Election (GE) is to be held next year or 2022, what is certain is the government has to solve the people’s issues including prosperity and economic recovery while if it is held in 2023 the global economy will be worsened if Russia-Ukraine war continues.

Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob said, the reasons laid by analysts on when is the best time for GE to be held are all logical but GE will definitely be held when the government is ready.

However, Ismail said, the most worrying issue is after the GE if no group of political parties is able to get more than 112 seats to form a government. If this happens then there will be a Hung Parliament.

Elaborating on that Ismail said, if one party gets small number of seats like 30 or 40 then it is very difficult to form a coalition. It is important for a single party to have majority seats to form a strong coalition before forming a government.

“As a Prime Minister I have no problem with the cabinet ministers even though there are representing different parties. Some of the ministers were former UMNO members and some had worked with me as ministers,” Ismail said in a special TV interview on his one year term as the Prime Minister after taking the post on 20th August 2021 from Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin as President of Bersatu.

The Prime Minister said, people’s issues are being discussed professionally in the Cabinet Ministers’ Meeting including issues that UMNO had asked him to bring up to the Cabinet.

Talking about the young people of today, Ismail said, they are important group as all 18 year old youngsters will automatically be voters.

“Politicians and other related parties will have to make engagements with them as they have ideal minds and cannot be controlled. We have to entertain and accept their idealism,” Ismail said.

Regarding Malaysia’s stand on certain global issues, Ismail said, while he was at the ASEAN Summit in Washington, United States, he had mentioned Malaysia’s stand on the Russia-Ukraine war and also on Palestinian issue even though the United States had different views on them.

Referring to political stability that determines the stability of the national economy, Ismail said, political stability has been established through the transformation and political stability agreement signed between the government parties and the opposition parties on the third day he took over the post of Prime Minister.

“With the stable political situation several Bills including the anti-hopping of parties and anti-sexual harassment have been supported both in the Dewan Rakyat and Dewan Negara.

“This is the result of cooperation from all parties including the Opposition,” Ismail reiterated.

On the Budget 2023, Ismail said, it is the budget that covers all the people. The economic situation in 2023 is predicted to be uncertain due to the Russia-Ukraine conflict and Malaysia is not exempted from the global problem.

“The Budget is ready for such uncertainties. Financial aids allocation and incentives will continue to be given to the small, medium entrepreneurs (SMEs) as this group are the most affected after the COVID-19 pandemic.

“I have asked the Ministry of Finance to make engagements with the private sectors, state governments, politicians both from the government and opposition besides opening space for the people to give their opinions via online on the Budget.

“The Budget is now at the consultation stage where feedbacks from all related parties will be collected before it could be finalised,” Ismail said.-Malaysia World News

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