Bumiputeras, Indians and “Orang Asli” are among the poorest the government should help – PM Anwar

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KUALA LUMPUR: The Unity Government affirms that it does not intervene or being selective in its investigations on corruption cases.

Prime Minister Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim said, if there is no investigation on such cases, the people will say the governance is bad and when there is investigation they will regard it as punishing the enemy.

 Anwar added, if there are clear facts then action will be taken on those concerned.

“Those involved have saved their wealth abroad such as in Vancouver and Australia. They should not be afraid if they have not betrayed the people.

“I will not be successful if there is no fact upon the cases,” he said on TV1 live telecast in “Naratif Khas Bersama Perdana Menteri programme, Friday evening.

The Tambun Member of Parliament also emphasized that the authorities does not only act on small fish but also on big whales where some have been jailed for corruption and abuse of power.

He added, the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) is now acting harder and stricter on those people who have claimed to be clean but have been otherwise.

 “They cannot be defended if they have been found “smuggling” the country’s wealth,” he said.

Regarding the Bumiputera status under the Unity Government, Anwar said it is more important to defend the rights of the poor Bumiputeras and help them with their education achievements.

Elaborating on this he said, some people highlighted on Bumiputera issues in the election campaigns but when they give contracts to the people they received money or commissions.

By right, Anwar said, they should help the poor Bumiputeras, Indians and the Orang Asli in the rural areas.

The Prime Minister also raised his dissatisfaction on the new economic policy (NEP) that is aimed to help raise the economic status of the Malays and Bumiputeras but in reality is different.

He said, a number of Malay reserve land had been sold and there is no replacements.

“Those responsible should assist the poor as they need help to save their future lives,” Anwar reiterated.

Regarding the recent political situation in Sabah and the possibility that the Unity Government will be affected, the prime Minister said, it is unlikely to affect the government as it has the majority support of 148 MPs at the Dewan Rakyat during the vote of confidence on the Prime Minister that was carried out on 19th Dec. 2022.


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