KUALA LUMPUR: Caretaker Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob advised the people to make the best consideration and comparison as to which political party has given the best services to the Malaysians when they cast their ballot papers on 19th Nov.2022 for the 15th General Election.
“It is the right of every eligible citizen to go out to vote as it is enshrined in the Federal Constitution.
“Voters should make a wise decision on 19th Nov. to ensure a stable government that will guarantee the prosperity of the people and the nation could be formed,” Ismail said in a Special Interview with the Prime Minister that was telecasted on TV1, Tuesday evening.
Ismail said he is confident that Barisan Nasional (BN) will win in the coming GE-15 as the situation is very much different now as compared to GE-14. This is based on the feedback and responses he received when visiting few states including Melaka and Johor recently.
“Try to give me another five years to lead the government and I can do many more good things for the people,” he said.
Relating to the political campaigns carried out by various political party candidates since 5th Nov.
Ismail said, BN did not use character assassination in the campaign but “sell” what benefits the people will get while BN manifesto is the 2023 Budget that had been tabled in the Dewan Rakyat.
On the allegation that BN is not relevant any more as many of its leaders are involved in corruption, Ismail said it is only individual leader and not the whole party is corrupted.
“Actions had been taken to the individual leader but not the party. Last time few UMNO leaders were detained for being alleged as communists while the party had never been influenced by communism.
“If a party leader is found guilty then he should be punished and the government never intervened in the court matters, the Royal Police Malaysia (RPM) and the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC),” Ismail added.
Ismail said, BN is contesting for 178 parliament seats and if the coalition succeeded to cross over 112 seats than the government will be formed and if it did not happen then a mixed government will be formed.
“BN should get 80/90 seats to be a dominant party and can take the prime minister’s seat. However even though BN gets 120/130 seats, it must not leave affiliated parties from Sabah and Sarawak to be part of the government.
Regarding the size of the Cabinet that was too big during his premiership, Ismail said he will reduce the size and the ministers will not only be appointed among politicians but also the technocrats and experts.
According to Ismail, if he becomes the Prime Minister after the GE-15, he will make sure that the high cost of living will be addressed as it is also influenced by the international geopolitics including in Ukraine and Europe.
“The government agencies will also be empowered and bureaucracies that will deter foreigners to invest in Malaysia will be improved.
“The foreign policies will also be changed to enable Malaysia to return to its supremacy like it was before. Malaysia should be involved in big global issues so that its existence will be felt by the world.
“The government will treat the economic and infrastructure development in Sabah and Sarawak the same as in the Peninsular of Malaysia. The incentive to eliminate hard core poor in 2025 will also be implemented nationwide.
“The policy to narrow the gap between the urban and rural development should be continued and this includes the access of Internet in Sabah and Sarawak,” Ismail said. –Malaysia World News